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

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

by David Wade

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780892814046
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Publication date: 05/28/1993
Edition description: Original
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About 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.

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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"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."

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