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Sacred Geometry [Hardcover]

Miranda Lundy
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Aug. 1 2005 Wooden Books
Geometry is one of a group of special sciences - Number, Music and Cosmology are the others - found identically in nearly every culture on earth. In this small volume, Miranda Lundy presents a unique introduction to this most ancient and timeless of universal sciences.

Sacred Geometry demonstrates what happens to space in two dimensions - a subject last flowering in the art, science and architecture of the Renaissance and seen in the designs of Stonehenge, mosque decorations and church windows. With exquisite hand-drawn images throughout showing the relationship between shapes, the patterns of coin circles, and the definition of the golden section, it will forever alter the way in which you look at a triangle, hexagon, arch, or spiral.

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Miranda Lundy is a designer and artist. She lives and works in Cornwall, England.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Looks nice, but the content is weak April 22 2002
Format:Hardcover
This is a very attractive-looking book, and I am very happy if it can make some people more appreciative about mathematicas. But if you are looking for correct info about mathematics or its role in art and culture, then this is not the place to look.
Most of the claims you read about the golden ratio in art and architecture are not valid. The best source of info is the paper "Misconceptions about the golden ratio" by George Markowsky from the College Mathematics Journal v. 23 (1992), 2-19.
If you are interested in the pyramids, please read "The shape of the great pyramid" by Roger Herz-Fischler. Just do it! You will thank me for it!
She claims that there are 14 "demi-regular tilings" of the plane. She defines demiregular to be a tiling (edge-to-edge of regular polygons) with two or three different types of vertices. According to "Tilingss and Patterns" by Grunbaum and Shephard, there are 20 2-uniform tilings and 61 3-uniform tilings.
If you are bothered by statements like "It is nearly impossible to draw a precise heptagon using ruler and compasses alone", then this book is not for you.
Her pictures of the 17 wallpaper groups is wrong. She gives two examples of p1, but misses out on p4g.
Having said this, I must say again that she has a lot of beautiful material in the book. I just think that it is important to be mathematically and historically correct.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I just loved this book May 26 2002
Format:Hardcover
This book is a treasure. I was given it as a present and I find myself turning to it for all sorts of ideas and also give it as a present quite regularly. She has managed to pull together a huge amount of wonderful information into a relatively small space. This is an inspiring, beautiful, thought provoking and even useful book. I am a graphic and fabrics designer and I had not come across some of these things before so I am very grateful for them.
I also really like the way the book is put together, lush textured paper (recycled I note) and quality illustrations. The way the subject is built up stage by stage until we reach the more complex set pieces at the back is very good. It helps you understand the basics of good design, and the use of geometry in this process.
I think the new-age overtones work very well too. She manages to convey some of the real mystery and magic of the field while never losing sight of the practical purpose of it all.
Highly recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Mathematics.... Nov. 28 2003
Format:Hardcover
This is a delightful little book.If you have any interest in Geometry,Math,Design,Shapes,Tile patterns,Puzzles,etc.you'll really enjoy this book.Surprisingly ,you can grasp most of this book knowing high school math,;while at the same time those with more math knowledge will also enjoy it as well.I guess it falls right in the realm of Mathematical Recreations.I am amazed that the author has put together a beautifully writen book,including 168 drawings,figures,diagrams and on top of that shows how most are constructed.All this has been accomplished in 64 pages ,including an introduction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really useful little book April 21 2002
Format:Hardcover
This is a great book - I wish I'd had a copy when I was 18! Really useful for design, architecture and other visual arts. Lundy keeps it deep and yet simple while managing to pack in a huge amount of information and detail. The larger format Robert Lawlor book is also well worth reading, as are Keith Critchlow's 'Order in Space' and John Michell's writings. Daud Sutton's little book on Platonic and Archimedian Solids is also excellent.
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