Wow! I sucked at math!
I mean really, Algebra, Calculus? Just couldn’t get my head around it. (Also too busy chasin’ girls and not a member of the football team.) Now Geometry, on the other hand…I could “see” that.
My friend Chad (of Woodchoppintime fame) and I were discussing this just a few weeks ago. After several glasses of a very nice bourbon cask ale, we concluded that Geometry is a way of “seeing”, not a way of “figuring”. If I move myself in relationship to an object, I get a one view. Conversely, if I move the object in relationship to myself, I get another view. Hello! This is the how they built the Pyramids and how Hiram put the “Temple” together. It’s all about seeing. And it’s about making yourself “part of the picture.”
We see “lines” that are “plumb”, “level”, or angled in relation to other lines. I don’t know about you, but I don’t “see” things in terms of sines and cosines. We see in reference to planes of view. Ergo, Plane Geometry.
Geometry was what allowed masons and carpenters to build the great cathedrals of Europe, with not one computer on the jobsite. Geometry was the “life blood” of our “brotherhood”. It gave craftsmen position in society.
But then came Newton and Leibniz. They changed everything. After these two, the mason and carpenter were no longer officers of the town council, they were mere employees.
But hark! There may be good news. It seems there is a resurgence of interest in geometry and how it relates to our craft. One can only hope. But we must study, if we are to see.
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