Revisiting the Geometry of the Sala de Dos Hermanas

Ann Robertson
Bridges Donostia: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2007)
Pages 303–310


The Court of the Lions complex at the Alhambra, with primary focus on the Sala de Dos Hermanas, provides the basis for a Euclidean geometry module for an ethnomath course to be taught spring 2008 at Connecticut College. The module will undertake to: 1. incorporate art history of the Nasrid Kingdom, 2. use rare book collections, modern texts and software, 3. introduce Islamic architecture, 4. survey various mathematical topics found at the monument, 5. examine the poetry of the hall and its court to discuss various themes found at the Alhambra, 6. offer students ideas about making conjectures and 7. apply the subject material to many disciplines. What follows is an overview of the above seven thematic elements.