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Miranda Lundy is a designer and artist. She lives and works in Cornwall, England.

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Product Details

  • Series: Wooden Books
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books; 1st edition (April 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802713823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802713827
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.4 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
For those who are interested in plane geometry this book is a fun read. For those who are studying the ancient mysteries of Pythagoras, the Kabbala, Hermeticism, Freemasonry and the Alchemists this is a very worthwhile book. The author is aware of the influence that geometry had on the ancient world. She is quite good at giving the reader things to try on their own while explaining the concepts of Ancient and Esoteric geometry. When compared to "Sacred Geometry", by Robert Lawler, this book is not quite as comprehensive but is easier to read and more fun. Both books appeal to the same audience. Try this one first, then move on to Lawler.
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This is a very attractive-looking book, and I am very happy if it can make some people more appreciative about mathematicas. But if you are looking for correct info about mathematics or its role in art and culture, then this is not the place to look.
Most of the claims you read about the golden ratio in art and architecture are not valid. The best source of info is the paper "Misconceptions about the golden ratio" by George Markowsky from the College Mathematics Journal v. 23 (1992), 2-19.
If you are interested in the pyramids, please read "The shape of the great pyramid" by Roger Herz-Fischler. Just do it! You will thank me for it!
She claims that there are 14 "demi-regular tilings" of the plane. She defines demiregular to be a tiling (edge-to-edge of regular polygons) with two or three different types of vertices. According to "Tilingss and Patterns" by Grunbaum and Shephard, there are 20 2-uniform tilings and 61 3-uniform tilings.
If you are bothered by statements like "It is nearly impossible to draw a precise heptagon using ruler and compasses alone", then this book is not for you.
Her pictures of the 17 wallpaper groups is wrong. She gives two examples of p1, but misses out on p4g.
Having said this, I must say again that she has a lot of beautiful material in the book. I just think that it is important to be mathematically and historically correct.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is a treasure. I was given it as a present and I find myself turning to it for all sorts of ideas and also give it as a present quite regularly. She has managed to pull together a huge amount of wonderful information into a relatively small space. This is an inspiring, beautiful, thought provoking and even useful book. I am a graphic and fabrics designer and I had not come across some of these things before so I am very grateful for them.
I also really like the way the book is put together, lush textured paper (recycled I note) and quality illustrations. The way the subject is built up stage by stage until we reach the more complex set pieces at the back is very good. It helps you understand the basics of good design, and the use of geometry in this process.
I think the new-age overtones work very well too. She manages to convey some of the real mystery and magic of the field while never losing sight of the practical purpose of it all.
Highly recommended.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a delightful little book.If you have any interest in Geometry,Math,Design,Shapes,Tile patterns,Puzzles,etc.you'll really enjoy this book.Surprisingly ,you can grasp most of this book knowing high school math,;while at the same time those with more math knowledge will also enjoy it as well.I guess it falls right in the realm of Mathematical Recreations.I am amazed that the author has put together a beautifully writen book,including 168 drawings,figures,diagrams and on top of that shows how most are constructed.All this has been accomplished in 64 pages ,including an introduction.
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Format: Hardcover
This little book, Sacred Geometry, is not only magical and straightforward in its substance, but is a visual delight. It reminds and further inspires to realize the connectedness of all of life and our part in it. It helps me, also, as an artist, to remember the basic forms that resonate in all of creation. This is not only a good book to give as a gift, but is a good one to have on your own bookshelf.
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This is the biggest piece of crap I have ever purchased. I thought i could learn about aesthetically pleasing shapes and proportions, but the book has 7 sentences of explanation for each very complex topic, and makes NO SENSE! It says things like: "something circular remains essentially circular," and "there is indeed something very sixy about circles," and "the design of a sacred building, whether church, stone circle, or temple, requires the designer to marry the universal symbolism of the geometrical moves he or she is making with the specific religious language. Local factors also go into the cauldron, whether sun, star or moon rise and set positions, or nearby sacred hills, springs or leys. For instance, Winchester Cathedral's axis points 72 degrees from north, creating a magical magnetic pentagram. " as can be seen, the explanations are poorly crafted, extremely confusing, and don't explain much of anything.
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This splendid little book is suitable for all ages to introduce them to the wonder of high architecture and interior design. Very simple explanations and illustrations show how the basic patterns of nature echo in human consciousness in what has been conceived in the mind and wrought by the hands over the centuries. Highly recommend for artists and draftsmen as well who wish to research or emulate classical ideas for themselves.
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