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The Geometry of Art and Life

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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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Michael
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Ron
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was ok
Had expected more explanation. Its a lot of quotes and not a clear structural treatise. Depth is also lacking in many places. But it's a thought starter, and you can go other places from here. ...more
Brian
Jul 30, 2008 rated it liked it
This was a pretty good book on sacred geometry. The author is an often-quoted expert on the subject.
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Jan 11, 2008 rated it liked it
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One of the most artistically inspiring books on math. This is always on my shelf at work.
Brad Blackman
Feb 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book, though I wish it went into more analysis of paintings and sculptures over the ages.

I can't wait to apply a conscious use of geometry to my painting and design work.
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Dead Poet
Mar 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Dense and riveting. After reading this book I now have and endless amount of ideas for paintings....and other stuff.
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all about "the golden ratio" is very clear in this book with many plate showed. ...more
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very calming, read after some super intense short stories.
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