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  • Posted April 29, 2014

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    The study of geometry in respect to art has never been as stimulating as in William Ivins' book, Art and Geometry: A Study in Space Intuitions. Readers will be surprised to see Ivins debunk commonly-held notions about art and math from Grecian culture as he begins by explaining "simple homemade experiments" to more complex research. He delves into Artistotle, Plato, the "falsity of art" and the "truth of geometry" as each component relates to another.

    One of the most surprising components of Ivins' book is his ability to break down classical Greek ideas regarding composition in a way that makes sense for the layman. This book takes a fresh approach toward topics like Greek philosophy, logic, and science, tearing apart many components of art and math that others are afraid to each approach. Even those who do not agree with his message will find it to be a remarkable and intriguing read.

    While this book might be short, it is packed with information about Grecian art, math, and culture that still impact the thriving nature of Western culture. Readers will end the book feeling that they have a better grasp of the natural world as it actually exists, not as it would be easier to manager. A great follow-up in my opinion would be The Painter's Secret Geometry, as it will utilize the understanding as a lens to then explores paintings by the masters.

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