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

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A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art, and Science Author Michael S. Schneider
ISBN-10 0060926716
ISBN-13 9780060926717
Year 1995-09-29
Pages 351
Language English
Publisher HarperPerennial
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The Universe May Be a Mystery But It s No SecretMichael 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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