Sacred Geometry: Philosophy and Practice

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An introduction to the geometry which, as modern science now confirms, underlies the structure of the universe.
The thinkers of ancient Egypt, Greece and India recognized that numbers governed much of what they saw in their world and hence provided an approach to its divine creator. Robert Lawlor sets out the system that determines the dimension and the form of both man-made and natural structures, from Gothic cathedrals to flowers, from music to the human body. By also ...

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Overview

An introduction to the geometry which, as modern science now confirms, underlies the structure of the universe.
The thinkers of ancient Egypt, Greece and India recognized that numbers governed much of what they saw in their world and hence provided an approach to its divine creator. Robert Lawlor sets out the system that determines the dimension and the form of both man-made and natural structures, from Gothic cathedrals to flowers, from music to the human body. By also involving the reader in practical experiments, he leads with ease from simple principles to a grasp of the logarithmic spiral, the Golden Proportion, the squaring of the circle and other ubiquitous ratios and proportions.Art and Imagination: These large-format, gloriously-illustrated paperbacks cover Eastern and Western religion and philosophy, including myth and magic, alchemy and astrology. The distinguished authors bring a wealth of knowledge, visionary thinking and accessible writing to each intriguing subject.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500810309
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 6/28/1982
  • Series: Art and Imagination Series
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 247,610
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 4
I The Practice of Geometry 7
II Sacred Geometry: Metaphor of Universal Order 16
III The Primal Act: The Division of Unity 23
Workbook 1 The Square Cut by its Diagonal; [radical]2 25
Workbook 2 The [radical]3 and the Vesica Piscis 32
Workbook 3 The [radical]5 36
IV Alternation 38
Workbook 4 Alternation 40
V Proportion and the Golden Section 44
Workbook 5 The Golden Proportion 48
VI Gnomonic Expansion and the Creation of Spirals 65
Workbook 6 Gnomonic spirals 67
VII The Squaring of the Circle 74
Workbook 7 Squaring the circle 74
VIII Mediation: Geometry becomes Music 80
Workbook 8 Geometry and Music 83
IX Anthropos 90
X The Genesis of Cosmic Volumes 96
Workbook 9 The Platonic Solids 98
Bibliography 110
Sources of Illustrations 111
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  • Posted June 19, 2014

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    Defining Geometry in Science and Art Sacred Geometry: Philosoph

    Defining Geometry in Science and Art

    Sacred Geometry: Philosophy and Practice is a book by Robert Lawlor designed to introduce the topic of geometry as it applies to modern structures. First, Lawlor discusses the great thinkers throughout ancient civilizations as well as the ways geometry shaped their beliefs. he does on to define additional components of geometry, the "study of spatial order through the measure and relationship of forms."


    One of the best reasons to pick up this 112-page book is because you want to immerse yourself in a workbook that is full of illustrations. Lawlor uses examples from fine art, atomic structure, and various other components. This real-life spin on topics most of us might find inaccessible makes geometry that much simpler.


    This book is designed for the hands-on learner. Lawlor introduces the concepts of geometry in a way that you can understand even the more complex principles. He sticks to facts in this seemingly short book, which still packs quite a punch.


    Lawlor is qualified to write a book about art, beauty, and geometry, not only as a painter and sculpture, but also a historian of ancient science. Ultimately this book demonstrates that geometry plays a role in every aspect of beauty, from a single wildflower to the majestic Gothic cathedrals men built long ago. The interactivity of this book allows readers to truly engage in the exercises and to find clarity on difficult topics. Artists would greatly benefit from reading this book, as would they also benefit from The Painter's Secret Geometry: A Study of Composition in Art.

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  • Posted October 5, 2011

    A lucid analysis of a profound subject.

    I've used this book in many ways as an art teacher. His essays on various aspects of the ancient uses of Pythagorean ratios explores very deep philosophical questions and also gives the reader a true understanding of the theoretical ground underlying Western Art, not to mention questions arising in modern physics.

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