id: 06186483
dt: j
an:
au: Remmert, Volker R.
ti: “Il faut être un peu géometre”. Mathematical sciences in the art of
gardening in the 17th and 18th century. (“Il faut être un peu
géometre”. Die mathematischen Wissenschaften in der Gartenkunst des
17. und 18. Jahrhunderts.)
so: Mitt. Dtsch. Math.-Ver. 21, No. 1, 23-31 (2013).
py: 2013
pu: Deutsche Mathematiker-Vereinigung (DMV), Berlin; De Gruyter, Berlin
la: DE
cc: M90 A30
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ci:
li: doi:10.1515/dmvm-2013-0012
ab: The present article appeared first in the catalogue [Wunder und
Wissenschaft. Salomon de Caus und die Automatenkunst in Gärten um
1600. Düsseldorf: Grupello Verlag (2008), pp. 51‒58]. It surveys the
interactions between mathematics and the art of gardening in
1600‒1740, when mathematics became the leading science of the day.
The (occasional) interest of mathematicians in gardening at the time is
connected to their general belief that nature can be described
mathematically. This lead to new fields of study like hydrodynamics,
which was applied to fountain technology. Treatises in practical
geometry made extensive use of examples from architecture and
gardening. On the other hand, authors of treatises in gardening aimed
to enhance their field to a science by employing mathematics and even
requiring mathematics in the training of gardeners. Thus, mathematics
played an important role in the process of professionalisation of
gardening in the beginning of the 18th century. The author points out
that in the course of the 18th century, when the use of mathematics for
the description of nature was doubted among philosophers, mathematics
also lost its attraction for the art of gardening.
rv: Charlotte Wahl (Hannover)