A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art, and Science

Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2010-02-19
Publisher(s): HarperCollins Publications
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Everything you need to know, eloquently explained with lots of pictorial examples. The book reveals the stunning secrets of creation based on patterns of geometry, the magnificent order and harmony in everything, and how everything in our universe is interconnected. This textbook will save you years of research, and show you how to appreciate the shapes of nature as a symbolic language familiar to our deepest self. This textbook should be required reading for any and all educators. A wonderful read!

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The Universe May Be a Mystery,

But It's No Secret

Michael Schneider leads us on a spectacular, lavishly illustrated journey along the numbers one through ten to explore the mathematical principles made visible in flowers, shells, crystals, plants, and the human body, expressed in the symbolic language of folk sayings and fairy tales, myth and religion, art and architecture. This is a new view of mathematics, not the one we learned at school but a comprehensive guide to the patterns that recur through the universe and underlie human affairs. A Beginner's Guide to Constructing, the Universe shows you:

-Why cans, pizza, and manhole covers are round.

-Why one and two weren't considered numbers by the ancient Greeks.

-Why squares show up so often in goddess art and board games.

-What property makes the spiral the most widespread shape in nature, from embryos and hair curls to hurricanes and galaxies.

-How the human body shares the design of a bean plant and the solar system.

-How a snowflake is like Stonehenge, and a beehive like a calendar.

-How our ten fingers hold the secrets of both a lobster and a cathedral.

-And much more.

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