Sacred Geometry: Philosophy and Practice

Sacred Geometry: Philosophy and Practice

by Robert Lawlor
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Sacred Geometry: Philosophy and Practice by Robert Lawlor

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780500810309
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Publication date: 06/28/1982
Series: Art and Imagination Series
Pages: 1
Sales rank: 326,704
Product dimensions: 8.10(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was about ratios within the universe.  I used it as part of an ethnography project about Sacred Geometry and the practice of using the universal ratios in one’s life. I was hoping that the book would be more about the culture of sacred geometrists and the habits of one practicing this philosophy. Instead it was more about the origins of the philosophy and the math behind it. Robert Lawlor gave a very in depth description of the early history and origins of the philosophy. His explanations and analysis were at a very high intellectual level and may or may not be fully understood depending on interest in the topic and general reading level.  Since the main points of the book were essentially geometry proofs as evidence of why this philosophy makes sense, it was not very applicable to my project regarding the culture of the sacred geometry.  With the exception of basic content knowledge, this book did not help me understand how the culture works. I would still recommend the book to anyone curious about this philosophy as a whole but is not going to be helpful to understand about the people that practice the Sacred Geometry.
A_Sloan More than 1 year ago
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.
kate-reynolds_ More than 1 year ago
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.