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The Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art, and Science [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Michael S. Schneider
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29. September 1995

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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Describes the mathematical bases of life, including consistent patterns of numbers and geometric figures that are found in physics, mythology, philosop and religion, and art. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Michael S. Schneider is an educator developing new perceptions of nature, science, art, and mathematics, holding workshops for teachers, artists, architects, and children concerning nature's numerical language. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and a Master's Degree in Math Education from the University of Florida. He was a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar in India and taught in public schools for eleven years. An education writer and computer consultant, he designed the geometry harmonizing the statues at the entrance to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, where he lives.

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Spiritualism, not science 15. November 1999
Von Ein Kunde
The Beginner's Guide is loaded with many facts and pictures related to numbers. As a source book for the mystical and natural significant importance of numbers, the book is top-notch. As a book of math, the Beginner's Guide is a poor buy. There are no proofs and no formulas. Any given paragraph will likely have a spiritual context. If you are a numerologist, this book is a must-have. If you're a mathematician, this probably isn't the book for you.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very accessible "sacred geometry" book! 10. Dezember 1995
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I'm quite biased because I'm the author. Just thought I'd mention that it took over 20 years of research and 2 years to write & illustrate (500 illus!), plus hundreds of relevant quotations in the side margins.
The numbers 1-10 (&12) are the key to the code of nature's designs, and are the basis of an ancient symbolic language used to design the arts, crafts & architecture worldwide.
Each of 10 chapters looks at that number & its related shapes, as they appear in nature's beautiful forms, in art, in symbolism, and as archetypes of our own spiritual nature.
Shapes are the characters of the alphabet in which the Book of Nature is written, and this is a "math" book with no math (the kind of cold "math" we were shown in school, anyway). Some people call it "sacred geometry".
This book 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. Every shape has a "meaning" and this book shows you what they are. Reviews (Parabola Journal Winter 95, New Age Journal 8/95, etc, all remark how "accessible" it is.
I hope you enjoy it. If you read it, write me, if you like.
Happy Trails!
Michael S. Schneider
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Recounts the Hidden Role of Number in Art and Science 29. Februar 2000
This book is a labor of love...and discipline, and hard work. The quotations given on the wide margins of most pages are worth the price of admission alone. For instance, "The union of the mathematician with the poet, fervor with measure, passion with correctness, this surely is the ideal (William James). It is also the theme of the book.
But that is only the beginning. There are at least two, to as many as ten, illustrations on each page, half being scientific, the other half artistic. My favorite combination is the splash crater of a milk drop on p. 11 and the Hindu deity Shiva Nataraj on p. 4. They form a complimentary pair visually and philosophically, both illustrating the monad, a generating center with a resultant circle of generated objects.
In the next two chapters, two intersecting circles lead to the tension-filled dyad whose resolution is in the triad, which breaks the tension by allowing expansion to another dimension.
In my words, this sounds a bit mystical and foggy, but Schneider provides just the right amount of background which carries you into the heart of the world of numbers, showing how they reflect both the scientific construction of the universe as well as artistic human creations.
The longest chapter is on the number five, which remarkably leads to the spiral, and to the generation of life. These are very valuable insights, much to be pondered. This chapter also contains an excellent discussion of the Golden Mean, the number 1.618..., which is often found in nature as well as in human expeience.
Just pick the book up sometime and glance at the quotations and illustrations. If you can resist buying it, you are a better man than I am.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe. 14. Dezember 1999
An excellent treatise on the sacredness of geometry and number and their relation to nature. Everything you need to know, eloquently explained with lots of pictorial examples. If they had taught me this stuff at school, I would probably have become a mathematician! Highly recommended.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Mathemagical! 10. Dezember 1999
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I have to agree with the other reviewers who said they had a hard time putting this book down. So did I, even after I finished it! In fact, I loved this book so much, one year I bought 4 extra copies as Christmas presents. Without a doubt the most amazing book you will ever read. If you have lost touch with the awe and majesty of the universe, look no further, this is the book for you.
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