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This survey traces the effects of geometry on artistic achievement and clearly discusses its importance to artists, scientists, architects, philosophers, and others. In addition to profiles of Vitruvius, Albrecht Durer, and Leonardo da Vinci, it includes a survey of projective geometry, mathematical curves, theories of perspective, architectural form, and concepts of space.

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Overview

This survey traces the effects of geometry on artistic achievement and clearly discusses its importance to artists, scientists, architects, philosophers, and others. In addition to profiles of Vitruvius, Albrecht Durer, and Leonardo da Vinci, it includes a survey of projective geometry, mathematical curves, theories of perspective, architectural form, and concepts of space.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486244587
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 3/17/2011
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,437,253
  • Lexile: 1370L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Plates
Preface
Chapter 1 Vitruvius
Chapter 2 Albrecht Dürer
Chapter 3 Leonardo da Vinci
Chapter 4 Form in Architecture
Chapter 5 The Optics of Euclid
Chapter 6 Euclid's Elements of Geometry
Chapter 7 Cartesian and Projective Geometry
Chapter 8 Curves
Chapter 9 Space
Bibliography
Index
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  • Posted April 29, 2014

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    Geometry and the Visual Arts is incredibly insightful and shows how art and mathematics can work in harmony together, often without you even realizing. I've read a couple of books on the subject of art and mathematics, and other than The Painter's Secret Geometry, they are either too deep or too shallow. Thankfully, Dan Pedoe is an outstanding mathematician and communicator. He put his best foot forward to write this remarkable book which gives you an in-depth exploration of various mathematicians, artists, philosophers, and lots more. It uses an abundance of historical information and mixes it with some of Pedoe's own theories and findings to make an engaging and informative book.

    The book flows well and was nearly constructed, making it easier to read and skip through if you're looking up something specific. Unlike some similar books like The Painter's Secret Geometry, it wasn't filled with an abundance of pictures but personally I thought this worked in the books favor as it made more space for valuable information. This could put some people off, but overall I'd highly recommend this book to scholars, lecturers, and even simply those with a general interest in the subject.

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