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A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art, and Science

A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO CONSTRUCTING THE UNIVERSE: THE MATHEMATICAL ARCHETYPES OF NATURE, ART, AND SCIENCE

by: Schneider, Michael S.
Format: Hardcover

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Product Description Schneider, an education writer and computer consultant, combines science, philosophy, art, and common sense to reaffirm what the ancients observed: that a consistent language of geometric design underpins every level of the universe, from atoms to galaxies, cucumbers to cathedrals. He discusses numerical and geometric symbolism through the ages, and concepts such as periodic renewal and resonance. Contains numerous b&w photos and illustrations. Lacks an index and a bibliography. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or. From Booklist In the spiral of the nautilus shell, in the veins of a maple leaf, in the bonds of the benzene ring--everywhere he looks, Schneider sees a cosmic geometry. Of course, the lines of this geometry have long attracted the attention of probing minds, including Pythagoras, Plato, the Psalmist, Demetrius, and Plotinus. The author weaves the insights of these thinkers and many more together in a tapestry of reflections (richly illustrated) on celestial harmonies. Once initiated into the ancient mysteries, the reader will recognize profound meanings--not merely scientific utility--in squares, triangles, and other common shapes. The reader needs no extraordinary expertise in mathematics to explore these pages, just a relish for intellectual adventure. Schneider helps us discover just how much mental energy can fit within the circle of new horizons. Bryce Christensen

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Product Code: 9780060169398
ISBN: 0060169397
Publisher: Harpercollins
Publication Date: 1994-08-01
Number of Pages: 384 pages
Languages: english
Edition: 1st
Dimension: 7.28 x 0.91 x 9.02 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.15 pounds