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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (June 17, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500810303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500810309
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love this book and use it in my art.
M. Z. Tyree
Until some other book comes along that has this particular information presented as clearly and succinctly, this book will remain a staple.
k wolf
I have been looking for a good book on this subject and this one does not disappoint one bit!
Brian Johnston

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134 of 138 people found the following review helpful By M. Z. Tyree on March 20, 1998
Format: Paperback
This 112 page workbook explores sacred geometry using illustrations from science and art, such as Islamic tiles, atomic structure, architectural proportions and fine art. Nine workbooks within 10 chapters lead one through geometric constructions using only a pencil, compass, straight-edge and graph paper. Includes the Vesica Piscis, Golden Section, Squaring the Circle, Geometry and Music, the Platonic Solids and more. Interspersed with philosophy about the meanings and symbolism of sacred geometry. I love this book and use it in my art.
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104 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Anna Noehre on October 1, 1999
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Lawlor's book has been in my library since 1990. Excellent general presentation on the arts of sacred geometry and mandala. I've read it dozens of times, often for looking for analytical knowledge but sometimes just enjoying the soothing flow of beautiful illustration. Much insight is skillfully enclosed in this slender volume. Highly recommended!
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180 of 201 people found the following review helpful By David Arzouman on December 9, 2003
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There is a gulf between the promise of this book and what it actually delivers. The idea of exploring the deeper meaning of geometry (there is some wonderful insight here), and the approach of making it a doing experience for the reader are both worthy of praise. Unfortunately, like many books of this type, it is also riddled by mistakes: vague and/or spurious conclusions/interpretations, sometimes confusing layouts and printing, typos, misdirections, and enough false statements and faulty calculations that my trust in this book was steadily replaced by skepticism and annoyance. It seemed as though I was doing as much proofreading as learning. Whether all of the fault lies with the author is a question. Perhaps proofreaders and editors are called upon to check material they don't fully grasp. Or perhaps no one concerned expects us to study these books too carefully.
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58 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Brian Johnston on July 10, 2002
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I have been looking for a good book on this subject and this one does not disappoint one bit! The author goes through step by step from the simple concepts to the complex complete with many illustrations and even excercises so that you can experience the "magic" of geometry yourself. I could not imagine getting the same level of understanding from a book without all the diagrams to see the relationships. More of a workbook than a text book, but packed with information and history. I would rate this as an essential book for anyone's library who is interested in understanding religious symbols, architecture, mathematics, and the beauty of the creation we find ourselves in.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ed Morgan on April 29, 2014
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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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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Nick Tropiano on April 16, 2007
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Very, very insightful intro to sacred geometry. If not familiar with this topic, I would suggest one first read the book to get your feet wet in a new way of perceiving what's around you. Then go back, re-read it slowly, and carefully do the math (which isn't difficult, really) and make the geometric constructs on graph paper like the author suggests. You have to do the exercises for it all to fully sink in, and achieve greater comprehension. This book is quietly profound. I only wish it was longer and for this talented author to get into the deeper end of the pool. Lawlor's commentary is often provocative and compelling.
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41 of 50 people found the following review helpful By A. Cardona on August 20, 2000
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This book is very enjoyable. It not only explains what sacred geometry is, it gives you exercises to do using basic tools like a compass, graph paper and a pencil. After reading and doing the fun and educational illustrations, you'll be looking for sacred geometry everywhere around you as well as spotting it in famous works of art and architecture.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Curren VINE VOICE on January 29, 2010
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This is an amazing book. This book may appear to be a small book but it is not. Yes it is small physically but spiritually, it is a very condensed text book. The author takes you on a journey of sacred geometry. Reading thru the text is relatively easy but it is time consuming to go thru the proofs.....but well worth the time, effort and work. The author goes back in time to a state of existence when the concept of zero meant literally nothing; when the first number was "One". One meant and still means "Unity". The author provokes the thought of what would our perception of the world be today if the concept of "zero" did not exist? Does it really exist or have we blindly accepted everything that we were taught by those that were here before us?

"The notion of zero also had its effect on our psychological conceptualizations. Ideas such as the finality of death and the fear of it, the separation of heaven and earth, the whole range of existential philosophies based on the despair and absurdity of a world followed by non-being, all owe much to the notion of zero."

The author recommends that you recreate the proofs thru his process of instruction of actually drawing the sacred geometric configurations. The author goes thru many geometric exercises described as workbooks of geometric configurations to prove secrets of creation or of God; following these workbooks results in experiencing creation itself.

"The primary geometric forms are considered to be the crystallizations of the creative thoughts of God, and the human hand, manipulation and constructing these forms, will learn to position itself in the essential poses of gesture-language."

"Why, it may be asked, cannot Unity simply divide into two equal parts?
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