Sacred Geometry : Philosophy and Practice

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  • Edition: 00
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 1989-04-17
  • Publisher: THAMES&HUD

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The thinkers of ancient Egypt, Greece and India recognized that numbers governed much of what they saw in their world and hence provided an approach to its divine creator. Robert Lawlor sets out the system that determines the dimension and the form of both man-made and natural structures, from Gothic cathedrals to flowers, from music to the human body. By also involving the reader in practical experiments, he leads with ease from simple principles to a grasp of the logarithmic spiral, the Golden Proportion, the squaring of the circle and other ubiquitous ratios and proportions. Art and Imagination : These large-format, gloriously-illustrated paperbacks cover Eastern and Western religion and philosophy, including myth and magic, alchemy and astrology. The distinguished authors bring a wealth of knowledge, visionary thinking and accessible writing to each intriguing subject.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 4
The Practice of Geometryp. 7
Sacred Geometry: Metaphor of Universal Orderp. 16
The Primal Act: The Division of Unityp. 23
The Square Cut by its Diagonal; [radical]2p. 25
The [radical]3 and the Vesica Piscisp. 32
The [radical]5p. 36
Alternationp. 38
Alternationp. 40
Proportion and the Golden Sectionp. 44
The Golden Proportionp. 48
Gnomonic Expansion and the Creation of Spiralsp. 65
Gnomonic spiralsp. 67
The Squaring of the Circlep. 74
Squaring the circlep. 74
Mediation: Geometry becomes Musicp. 80
Geometry and Musicp. 83
Anthroposp. 90
The Genesis of Cosmic Volumesp. 96
The Platonic Solidsp. 98
Bibliographyp. 110
Sources of Illustrationsp. 111
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