NICHOLAS COPE The Knap of Howar and the Origins of Geometry
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The Knap of Howar and the Origins of Geometry
In his new book, written in collaboration with former Megalithomania speaker (2007) Keith Critchlow, artist and geometer Nicholas Cope presents a summary of many years work regarding the Knap of Howar, a remarkably well preserved Neolithic stone built dwelling on the Island of Papa Westray, Orkney. He has demonstrated with precise and exhaustive analysis that geometry, in particular the mathematical ratio of the Golden Mean, is a primary element within the architecture of what is considered to be one of Europe’s oldest dwellings, and extends our understanding of traditional British Neolithic structures.
Nicholas Cope studied for his degree in fine art/painting at Wimbledon School of Art 1981-1984. From 1989-1991 he attended the Royal College of Art where he gained his Masters on the ‘Visual Islamic and Traditional Arts’ course. His main focus was the study of the symbolic geometry underlying both Islamic and Traditional Art as a whole. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art studies have extended to analysis of Traditional British Neolithic structures. This includes dwelling places, stone circles and burial tombs.