A mathematical tomb in Bath Abbey

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

This musical tomb or burial monument is located in one of the inner walls of Bath Abbey. Unfortunately, there are some needless pictures which cover one part of it but we can notice our mathematical interest in the carved drawing. It consist in an organon with a curious rectangular triangle in its base:

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Harmony represented by the theorem of Pythagoras! The triangle is the classical (3,4,5) in its version (60, 80, 100) so it’s easy to identify the longitudes of the rest of the segments. The grave has the name of the composer Henry Harington who also studied medicine and  founded the Bath Harmonic Society. We can read:

Memoriae sacrum HENRICI HARINGTON. M:D: verè nobili HARINGTONORUM stirpe de Kelston. In agro Somerset: oriundi: Qui natus Septembris 29 A.D. 1727, obiit Januarii 15. A.D. 1816. Per sexaginta annos suae Bathoniae saluti. Omnibus officiis afsidue studebat. Optimas artes ad municipum suorum. Nelectacionnem et militatem excolens…

One of the books in the right lower corner of the picture is from Euclid:

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Bath Abbey is a wonderful construction and it’s possible that almost everybody don’t notice this particular monument. So you have a very good oportunity to admire a mathematical objecti inside a church. If not, you can always follow the angels climbing on its beautiful facade:

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Photography by Carlos Dorce

Location: Bath Abbey in Bath (map)

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