The Maths of Proportion in Art, Design and Nature - Free Online Lecture

Gresham College
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The Maths of Proportion in Art, Design and Nature - Free Online Lecture

From the Ancient Greeks onwards, proportion and mathematics has been central to our ideas of form and beauty. This lecture looks at the famous golden ratio, from Greek temples to spiral seashells, discussing where it appears in nature (and why), and how people have tried to pinpoint the 'perfect' proportions of the human body and face. It will also look at why A4 paper is the shape it is and what Mrs Beeton has to do with the Rhind Papyrus.

Why choose Gresham College

Founded in 1597 by Sir Thomas Gresham’s will, Gresham College is London’s first institute of higher education providing free public lectures.

130 free lectures delivered every year including subjects from the original 7 professorships: Astronomy, Divinity (Religion), Geometry (Maths), Law, Music, Physic (Medicine), and Rhetoric.

Archive of over 2,500 lectures you can watch on our website or YouTube channel.


All the lectures are free and will be live-streamed in 2021-22. To watch lectures live online, please register through the course webpage. The registration process is simple, free, and only requires an email address.

Tickets for in-person attendance at this event will be available two months in advance.

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Gresham College

Gresham College was London’s first institute of higher education when it was founded in 1597 by Sir Thomas Gresham. Unusually for the time, Gresham lectures were free and given in both English and Latin – where most other higher education...

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EC1N 2HH London

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