Engineering, Beauty and a Longing for the Infinite

MARGARITA A. MOONEY | October 22, 2019

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In July 2019, I embarked upon a six-day excursion across Italy with 14 undergraduate students and three professors from Princeton University. The trip was part of a six-week summer course titled Two Millennia of Structural Architecture in Italy. Given the title, it should come as no surprise that the instructors were professors, not of architecture or history but of civil engineering.

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