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- Print Length: 340 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (March 17, 2009)
- Publication Date: March 17, 2009
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001ANYCW8
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About the Author
Philip Ball's book Bright Earth: Art and the Invention of Color was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; his Critical Mass: How One Thing Leads to Another won the UK's Aventis Prize. He is a consulting editor for Nature magazine, and he lives in London.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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The author ties all these disparate elements together into a seamless, interesting, and very readable book.
Ball is not an architectural historian, but he has read widely and distilled a wide range of knowledge about the great cathedrals of the 12th and 13th centuries, while always focussing on that much-cited masterpiece, Chartres.
My previous acquaintance with the author was through his book "Critical Mass, How one thing leads to another". It is a heavywight - literally - book of close to 600 pages and, although quite readable, it demands careful reading. "Universe of Stone" is not like that. It demands much less of the reader without in any way being a shallow interpretation. The illustrations, many of them in colour, are excellent. Dr Ball clearly shares my admiration for the masons responsible for the great edifice and goes to considerable length to show exactly why that admiration is well founded.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and I recommend it highly.
Top international reviews
This is a page-turner. I recommend it heartedly and unreservedly. Whether your interest is religion, medieval society, architecture, or construction techniques (How did they build those things?!), you will find everything and more in this captivating book.