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A Little Book of Coincidence in the Solar System

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A most unusual guide to the solar system, A Little Book of Coincidence suggests that there may be fundamental relationships between space, time, and life that have not yet been fully understood. From the observations of Ptolemy and Kepler to the Harmony of the Spheres and the hidden structure of the solar system, John Martineau reveals the exquisite orbital patterns of the...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by Walker & Company (first published 2001)
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i want to like the wooden books series, given their gorgeous illustrations and slim, accessible formats, but find them to be rather flat and unfulfilling.

a little book of coincidence in the solar system presents some intriguing ideas regarding planetary orbits and mathematics - but strays much too far into the realm of pseudo-new age thinking to make it palatable. it reads like intelligent design for the sandal-wearing set.
The coincidences referred to in the title are the arrangements of the planets and sun of our solar system. This book points out many measurement relationships that correspond to platonic solids, musical ratios, and other geometric relationships familiar to students of sacred geometry.

There are lots of pretty spirograph like pictures mapping orbits against eachother, as well as showing other relationships.

Reading this book definitely gave me the sacred geometry flavored buzz of pleasure.

I see in...more
Chris Marchan
This is a one of a kind book. If you fondly remember the illustration from one of your high school science books of Kepler's depiction of the platonic solids - one inside the other, then you have a feel for the many layered wonders revealed in this book.

Author John Martineau has assembled a lot of evidence here for at least a divine plan of unspecified origin. He show us the mathematical perfection seen in the layout of the solar system and the proportional relationships that cannot be accident...more
This book changed my life. Martineau is a visual artist and an explorer in the finest sense. His ability to illustrate the intricacies of the universe, through prose and pencil drawings, illuminates his readers' understanding of the cosmos. He blends visual aspects into this book, small and large, of planetary rotations set in direct mathematical correspondence to musical octaves and scales.
I loved this book, and plan to check out other books from the Wooden Books publisher. The only thing I wanted more of was some more of the math and physics behind the images. Martineau touches on this information but does not go too far in depth. Sure, that information would have been over my head, and it would have taken tons more pages to explain, but I craved that, nonetheless.
I had no idea that the planets orbit the sun at distances that are geometrically defined. There are many beautiful little facts and coincidences in our solar systme that point to patterns that must exist throughout the universe. He doesn't explain them and I found that to be a little frustrating, but it is self-admittedly a little book.
Beautiful little book, keeping it bedside to reread often & keep me humble & in wonder.
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