Everyone knows Michelangelo and a few of us (such as me) realised how multi-talented he was. He was a sculptor, a painter, an architect, a poet and an engineer! How was it possible that he had so many hats? Whereas for our current era, one can either be a sculptor, or be an architect or be an engineer. So to which degree was this multi-identity true and if so,
We won’t be able to test Michelangelo’s qualification as a professional architect or engineer. The reality might well be, he won’t even be allowed to do these works as he did not graduate from proper architect or engineering school. So which school he did go to? How was he educated?
In Ibo Van de Poel and David E. Goldberg’s book [Philosophy and Engineering: An Emerging Agenda], we learnt that Michelangelo’s formal education ended before his teens. (It was said that the he spent more time painting his beautiful surroundings than being in school). He picked up his architect knowledge from observing buildings being built in Florence and old buildings in Rome. Overseeing a library in Florence at the age of 50 made his an ‘architect’.
Are we able to produce another Michelangelo with schools and universities teaching modulazed subjects? When we are supposed to be in a compartmentalised field, such as chemistry, engineering, literacture, can we still have some one who transpasses, really well? When universities first started, did they offer a degree of an isolated subject or did they offer a degree of general? In the future, would we have a degree for competency (eg. degree of creativity, degree of problem solving)?
I would not mind being awarded a degree of Michelangelo.