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The Geometry of Art and Life
Is everything chaos and chance, or is there order, harmony, and proportion in human life, nature, and the finest art? Can one find a natural aesthetic that corresponds to a universal order? If so, what importance can it have for the scientist, artist, or layman? What is the "true" significance of the triangle, rectangle, spiral, and other geometric shapes? These are but a ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 1st 1977 by Dover Publications
(first published 1946)
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I found this little book indispensable for gaining new perspectives on Geometry and the role it played in art, life, and architecture. The modern approach to geometry tends to focus on the mathematical or numerical relationships between objects being studied - i.e. all circles can be broken down into 360 degrees, whereas the sum of all angles within a triangle will add up to 180 degrees. While this modern approach is technically "correct", it is a far cry from the approach taken by the ancient g ...more
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