“The knowledge of which geometry aims is the knowledge of the eternal.” – Plato
Our theme this month is Geometry, the branch of mathematics concerned with shape, size, relative position of figures, and the properties of space.
Of the seven liberal arts and sciences, Geometry holds a special place in Freemasonry, with our key icons – the square and compasses – geometric tools by nature. Geometry is the foundation of Masonry.
Similar to arithmetic, Geometry is a universal language – seemingly following a consistent set of rules throughout the universe. The study of geometry, therefore, allows us to feel a deeper understanding of the grand design (and having said that, we’ve almost certainly barely scratched the surface of knowledge).
Although geometry has caused many a sweaty nightmare for high school students everywhere, as adults we have the fortune of being able to dabble at whatever depth we choose – which can make it much more enjoyable as a lifelong interest.
During our Emergent Meeting on Tuesday April 2, W.Bro. JP Challet will present a fascinating lecture on Geometry. We’re looking forward to hearing more on one of our favourite topics.
W. Bro. Christopher Hebert