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Is everything chaos and chance, or is there order, harmony, and proportion in human life, nature, and the finest art Can one find a natural aesthetic that corresponds to a universal order If so, what importance can it have for the scientist, artist, or layman What is the true significance of the triangle, rectangle, spiral, and other geometric shapes These are but a few of the questions that Professor Matila Ghyka deals with in this fascinating book The author believes that there are such things as The Mathematics of Life and The Mathematics of Art, and that the two coincide Using simple mathematical formulas, most as basic as Pythagoras theorem and requiring only a very limited knowledge of mathematics, Professor Ghyka shows the fascinating relationships between geometry, aesthetics, nature, and the human body.Beginning with ideas from Plato, Pythagoras, Archimedes, Ockham, Kepler, and others, the author explores the outlines of an abstract science of space, which includes a theory of proportions, an examination of the golden section, a study of regular and semi regular polyhedral, and the interlinking of these various shapes and forms He then traces the transmission of this spatial science through the Pythagorean tradition and neo Pythagorism, Greek, and Gothic canons of proportion, the Kabbala, Masonic traditions and symbols, and modern applications in architecture, painting, and decorative art When we judge a work of art, according to his formulation, we are making it conform to a pattern whose outline is laid down in simple geometrical figures and it is the analysis of these figures both in art and nature that forms the core of Professor Ghyka s book He also shows this geometry at work in living organisms The ample illustrations and figures give concrete examples of the author s analysis the Great Pyramid and tomb of Rameses IV, the Parthenon, Renaissance paintings and architecture, the work of Seurat, Le Corbusier, and flowers, shells, marine life, the human face, and much .For the philosopher, scientist, archaeologist, art historian, biologist, poet, and artist as well as the general reader who wants to understand about the fascinating properties of numbers and geometry, and their relationship to art and life, this is a thought provoking book....

Title : The Geometry of Art and Life
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ISBN : 0486235424
Format Type : Paperback
Language : English
Publisher : Dover Publications 2nd Revised ed edition June 1, 1977
Number of Pages : 174 pages
File Size : 694 KB
Status : Available For Download
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The Geometry of Art and Life Reviews

  • Kenneth James Michael MacLean
    2019-04-26 05:38

    This excellent book, written in 1946, still remains in print, and for good reason. Ghyka shows mathematically that objects in nature are not randomly formed, but all have regularity and harmony.

  • j.smith
    2019-04-19 01:37

    Absolutely fabulous, Every physicist in the world should know this stuff and rethink their view in the atomic world. Essential.

  • Art & Ideas
    2019-04-30 02:22

    Interesting & Complicated Read.

  • Robert Breton
    2019-05-09 03:42

    Amazing how nature is viewed from the concept of geometry and art forms. user friendly and well referenced, excellent illustrations as well

  • Ruth Mckim
    2019-04-28 23:46

    The Geometry Of Art And Life by Matila Ghyka is an interesting book that pertains primarily to ancient information regarding the fiine arts. Geometry unites all aspects of this book. All aspects of geometry are utilized to manage the organic and inorganic in time and space.

  • Rudy Corrales Vega
    2019-05-19 01:42

    buen libro y excelente precio, una sorpresa el encontrarlo. En cuanto al envío fue de acuerdo a lo planificado y reportado.

  • Kenneth A. Perko, Jr.
    2019-05-13 01:36

    Just ok.

  • Amazon Customer
    2019-05-10 03:36

    Thank you; thank you very much