Crystal and Dragon: The Cosmic Dance of Symmetry and Chaos in Nature, Art and Consciousness

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We live in a universe of apparent dualities: light and darkness, reason and romance, order and chaos. Exploring the interplay of form and energy, David Wade takes the reader on a journey through the world of successive ages--from Plato's conception of the ideal form and the ancient Chinese philosophy of change to the modern scientific view of structure and indeterminacy as embodied in the laws of physics.
The author shows us how perceptions about the nature of the universe are...
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Overview


We live in a universe of apparent dualities: light and darkness, reason and romance, order and chaos. Exploring the interplay of form and energy, David Wade takes the reader on a journey through the world of successive ages--from Plato's conception of the ideal form and the ancient Chinese philosophy of change to the modern scientific view of structure and indeterminacy as embodied in the laws of physics.
The author shows us how perceptions about the nature of the universe are reflected in the art of of a given period. He details the form and fluidity of prehistoric art, the crystalline order of Islamic patterns, and the subtlety and vitality of Chinese landscapes and calligraphy.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Introduction by John Michell
"By reintroducing us to the Pythagorean world of number and pattern, David Wade anticipates the coming synthesis of traditional philosophy and modern science which will effectively amount to a new world order. . . we leave behind us the world of competitiveness and (reactionary behavior) and are led towards the higher reality where every element in Creation enjoys its rightful place and contributes to universal harmony."
Social Inventions Journal
"Engrossing for anyone wanting to make up-to-date connections between science, mathematics, art, philosophy, and religion. Everything is explained in a way that is fresh, detailed, comprehensible, and awe-inspiring . . . All in all, this book is the work of a renaissance man who has encompassed many spheres of knowledge. It is an inspirational feast for the eye and the mind and would make an instructive present for almost everyone from teenagers upward."
From the Publisher
"By reintroducing us to the Pythagorean world of number and pattern, David Wade anticipates the coming synthesis of traditional philosophy and modern science which will effectively amount to a new world order. . . we leave behind us the world of competitiveness and (reactionary behavior) and are led towards the higher reality where every element in Creation enjoys its rightful place and contributes to universal harmony."

"Engrossing for anyone wanting to make up-to-date connections between science, mathematics, art, philosophy, and religion. Everything is explained in a way that is fresh, detailed, comprehensible, and awe-inspiring . . . All in all, this book is the work of a renaissance man who has encompassed many spheres of knowledge. It is an inspirational feast for the eye and the mind and would make an instructive present for almost everyone from teenagers upward."

From the Publisher

"Engrossing for anyone wanting to make up-to-date connections between science, mathematics, art, philosophy, and religion. Everything is explained in a way that is fresh, detailed, comprehensible, and awe-inspiring . . . All in all, this book is the work of a renaissance man who has encompassed many spheres of knowledge. It is an inspirational feast for the eye and the mind and would make an instructive present for almost everyone from teenagers upward."
John Michell
"By reintroducing us to the Pythagorean world of number and pattern, David Wade anticipates the coming synthesis of traditional philosophy and modern science which will effectively amount to a new world order. . . we leave behind us the world of competitiveness and (reactionary behavior) and are led towards the higher reality where every element in Creation enjoys its rightful place and contributes to universal harmony."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892814046
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 5/28/1993
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

The author of Pattern in Islamic Art and Geometric Patterns and Borders, David Wade has had a lifelong interest in design and science and has established a number of businesses related to architectural design. After traveling extensively in the Far East, he now lives in Wales.
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Table of Contents


Crystal and Dragon
The Cosmic Dance of Symmetry and Chaos in Nature, Art and
Consciousness
Preface
Introduction by John Mitchell
Part 1: The Individual and Society
1. Things and Processes
2. 'The Two Forces of Nature
3. Snakes and Ladders
Part 2: Science and Nature
4. The Crystalline Imperative
5. Symmetry and Beyond
6. Flux and Complication
Part 3: Art and Aesthetics
7. Formalism and Vitalism in Art
8. 'Crystalline' Form in the Art of Islam
9. Vitality and Fluidity in Taoist Art
Afterword Glossary: One. Two, Many...
Select Bibliography
Index
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