I'm very pleased to send news about three new publications by authors who are part of the Nexus community.

Paulus Gerdes, whose paper "On Some Geometrical and Architectural Ideas from African Art and Craft" appeared in the book Nexus II: Architecture and Mathematics" rom the 1998 Nexus conference, has just published the color version of his book African Pythagoras: A study in culture and mathematics education. It is available as in print and as a download from: http://stores.lulu.com/pgerdes.
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Istvan and Magdolna Hargittai, who participated at the very first Nexus conference in 1996, and published a paper entitled "The Universality of the Symmetry Concept" in Nexus: Architecture and Mathematics have recently published Visual Symmetry. Information is available at: http://www.worldscibooks.com/general/7042.html
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Dirk Huylebrouck has published two articles in the Nexus Network Journal: "Curve Fitting in Architecture" (vol. 9, no. 1, 2007), and most recently, with Antonia Redondo Buitrago and Encarnacio Reyes Iglesias, "Octagonal Geometry of the Cimborio in Burgos Cathedral" (vol 13, no. 1, 2011).  Scientific American translated a short version of his paper on Rinus Roelofs’ (also a Nexus auhor) discovery of a mathematical mistake by Leonardo, entitled "Lost in Translation: Leonardo da Vinci's Mathematical Slip-Up". See
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=davinci-mathematical-slip-up

Our Nexus community is really productive! Congratulations to these authors!


I am pleased to forward to Nexus Network Journal readers the announcement of the important conference announced by Matt Cohen of Washington State University.

 

“Architectural Proportional Systems in the History of Architecture,”

Leiden, The Netherlands, 17-19 March 2011. The conference will feature twenty-eight speakers, some of whom have published in the NNJ, including Mark Wilson Jones and Volker Hoffmann. The conference will also host Howard Burns (keynote) and a prerecorded video interview with James S. Ackerman.

Details are available here: http://www.hum.leiden.edu/icd/proportion-conference

Congratulations to Matt on organizing such a fine event!

Because of numerous requests from those preparing abstracts for submission for the conference "Nexus 2012: Relationships Between Architecture and Mathematics", the deadline for submission has been extended from 15 February to 15 March 2011. Abstracts can be submitted to Kim Williams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. any time between now and the 15 March deadline. 

I am looking forward to hearing from all of you!  Kim

This is a reminder to all of you who hope to participate in the Nexus conference for architecture and mathematics, Milan, 11-14 June 2012, that the deadline for submission of abstracts is Tuesday, 15 March 2011. Abstracts can be submitted to Kim Williams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. any time between now and the 15 March deadline. 

I am looking forward to hearing from all of you!  Kim

This is final call for submissions for the special issue of the NNJ dedicated to "Persian Architecture and Mathematics", guest edited by Reza Sarhangi. Full information is available at:

http://www.nexusjournal.com/call-for-papers/235-cfp-persian-architecture-and-mathematics.html

The deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday, 1 April 2011

Very best wishes,  Kim

The Nexus conferences for architecture and mathematics are very pleased to congratulate Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura, who was a keynote speaker at the Nexus 2010 conference in Porto, for having won the 2011 edition of the Pritzker Prize. One of Architect Souto de Moura's outstanding projects is the Braga Municipal Football stadium, which was toured by Nexus participants. Thanks go to Porto organizer João Pedro Xavier for having invited Souto de Moura to address the conference, making it possible for us to hear him talk about his projects in person.

Information about the 2011 Pritzker laureate, including a splendid photo gallery, can be found on the Pritzker Architecture Prize website.

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for an upcoming issue of the Nexus Network Journal dedicated to Persian Architecture and its relationships with mathematical aesthetics of symmetry, balance, proportions, harmony, and their executions dedicated to Persian Architecture and its relationships with mathematical aesthetics of symmetry, balance, proportions, harmony, and their executions, from antiquity to modern times. The issue will be guest edited by Reza Sarhangi. The deadline for submissions of abstracts is April 1, 2011. You can download at the Call for Papers at: http://www.nexusjournal.com/images/CFP/CFP-NNJ-Persian.pdf

This Call for Papers can also be accessed from the NNJ homepage, http://www.nexusjournal.com

The goal of this special issue of Nexus Network Journal devoted to Architecture and Persian Mathematics is to highlight investigations of selected architectural structures built throughout the long history of Iranian plateau for their connections to mathematical aesthetics.

Guest editor Reza Sarhangi is a professor of mathematics at Towson University, Towson, Maryland, USA. He teaches graduate courses in the study of patterns and mathematical designs, and supervises student research projects in this field. He is the founder and President of the Bridges Organization, which oversees the annual international conference of Bridges: Mathematical Connections in Art, Music, and Science (www. BridgesMathArt.Org). For more information, see http://pages.towson.edu/gsarhang/index.html

The schedule is as follows:

  • Deadline for submissions for review: April 1, 2011
  • Notification of acceptance: September 1, 2011
  • Deadline for submission of final manuscript: October 31, 2011
  • Publication: NNJ vol. 14 no. 1, Spring 2012

Submissions in electronic form (.doc or .pdf) should be sent to: Reza Sarhangi This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

I hope you'll forward this message to colleagues and friends you know are interesting, and we look forward to receiving many submissions. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

As ever,

Kim

The Nexus Network Journal is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for an upcoming issue of dedicated to Military Architecture and its relationships with mathematics from antiquity to modern times. The issue will be guest edited by Marco Giorgio Bevilacqua. The deadline for submissions of papers 31 July 2013. The Call for Papers can be downloaded at: CFP-Military-Architecture.pdf

This Call for Papers can also be accessed from the NNJ homepage, http://www.nexusjournal.com

I hope you'll forward this message to colleagues and friends you know are interesting, and we look forward to receiving many submissions. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

As ever,

Kim