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Mathematical Beauty in Rome

Rome, Italy


Professor Joe Pasquale
Dates Departure from U.S.: Fri., June 29, 2018
Arrival: Sat., June 30, 2018
Mandatory Orientation: Sun., July 1, 2018
First Day of Class: Mon., July 2, 2018
Last Day of Class: Fri., Aug. 3, 2018
Departure for the U.S.
(or personal travel):
Sat., Aug. 4, 2018

Flight Information

  • All approved applicants will be notified by e-mail when the program reaches minimum enrollment. Do not purchase plane tickets until the program is confirmed.
  • Please plan your arrival into Rome on June 30 between the hours of 12:00pm and 2:00pm in order to take advantage of airport pick up provided by our partner in Rome ISA. You should plan to arrive at the Rome airport, (Airport Code FCO)
  • Contact STA Travel if you would like more information about these flights or the airfare deposit program.
Info Sessions
  • Thursday, January 18,  5:00 - 6:30 pm
    Study Abroad Conference Room, University Center 409
  • Wednesday, February 21, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
    Study Abroad Conference Room, University Center 409

Why you should go2010 Math in Rome students

Mathematical Beauty in Rome explores the mathematics and engineering behind Rome's greatest works of architecture. We will address such questions as: How did the Romans use geometry to design the Colosseum? What engineering principles are behind the arches of Rome's bridges and aqueducts, and the great domes of the Pantheon and St. Peter's basilica? We will visit the actual sites to see the theory come alive.

The seminar also emphasizes the cultural experience. Over the course of more than two millennia, Rome has produced so much of the world's greatest architecture and art, a good portion of which we can still see today. Rome is also a city of music, with concerts held in beautiful courtyards, churches, piazzas, parks, and even amongst ancient ruins. And of course, there's the food! You have not experienced great pizza, pasta, espresso, and gelato until you've been to Rome.Math in Rome students eating gelato

Who should go

This seminar is appropriate for all technical majors. Majors of past students included structural engineering, mathematics, mechanical engineering, physics, environment engineering, computer science/engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, cognitive science, biology, biochemistry, economics, management science, etc. The only prerequisite is calculus for scientists and engineers, Math 20AB, or permission by the instructor. Beyond this, the primary requirement is that you, the prospective student, have a deep curiosity for understanding the great engineering achievements of ancient Rome, and a strong desire to appreciate the mathematical beauty that underlies Rome's classical architecture. Don't miss this unique opportunity to study math while living Italian-style for five glorious weeks in Rome, the Eternal City!

Meet the professor

Prof. Joe PasqualeJoe Pasquale is a professor of computer science and engineering at UCSD, where he has been on the faculty since 1987. He received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, and S.B. and S.M. degrees from MIT. His courses at UCSD are consistently highly rated, and he has received the university's top teaching awards. Mathematical Beauty in Rome is a personal passion for him, as he gets to pursue Rome's mathematical secrets with his students and share his knowledge of the Eternal City and of Italian culture.

Get in touch with UCSD Global Seminars

Study Abroad UC San Diego
University Center 409
9500 Gilman Drive #0095
La Jolla, California 92093-0095
Phone: (858) 534-1123
Email: globalseminar@ucsd.edu
VAC: http://vac.ucsd.edu

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