Nexus Network Journal

, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp 487–498 | Cite as

Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest

Geometer’s Angle


A unique geometric construction known to Thomas Jefferson reveals a rich interplay of root-two geometric elements when applied to Jefferson’s octagonal plan of Poplar Forest, his eighteenth-century villa retreat.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Great BarringtonUSA

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