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4,8 von 5 Sternen
4,8 von 5 Sternen

am 15. November 1999
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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am 10. Dezember 1995
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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am 7. September 1998
Michael Schneider has given high school and college art and design students a book they can enjoy AND learn from, "Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe." Even international students with only basic English reading skills can appreciate and understand the contents. It is written in an understandable way and it's filled with wonderful and helpful illustrations that need no explanation. I'm sure that there will be a few scholars and post-Fermat mathematicians who will pooh-pooh Mr. Schneider's efforts, but I,for one, enjoyed the book...enough to use it for one of my texts for both graduate and undergraduate students in the art school where I teach philosophical geometry and linear perspective. Perhaps if there were more books like Mr. Schneider's on the market, our young students would not have some of the lowest reading levels in the world. Michael adeptly shows that dry old subjects like high school geometry have another far more interesting and dynamic side. He has brought an ancient realm of knowledge to the public's attention, and after the events of the last few months have shown in the media, we could all use a little turn of the head in other directions. Thank you, Mr. Michael Schneider, for refreshing the air.
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am 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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am 11. August 1999
I have always been mesmerized by mathematics and its infinte implications; one could call it impassioned. Many people do not share my zeal. Some of these people are my family, friends, and associates. FINALLY I have a book to recommend that can open each and every one of them to unsuspected dimensions of this absolutely fascinating subject; the presentation alone will, I am sure, compel them to read on and on and on. I am awed at the scientific authenticity and gentleness with which Schneider creates such a sensible, spiritual, and harmonious synthesis. Utterly awed...and so very grateful. I'd love to see an index in the next edition.
It was difficult to put the book down long enough to type these comments!
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am 28. November 1998
It was very difficult to put this book down. Not only does Schneider evince a love and profound knowledge of his material, but he communicates his passion to the reader with a clarity uncharacteristic of many math exposeurs. It is a perfect teaching vehicle for parents and their children to foster a heartfelt respect for the mathematical majesty of nature, using examples from cultural history across the globe. His discussion of music and symbolic geometry is especially enlightening. This book should be required reading for any and all educators. A wonderful read!
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am 10. Dezember 1999
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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am 30. Juli 2014
The author reveils a profound knowledge of spiritual teachings world wide and transmits a part of his wisdom to the interested reader. A completely new value is given to numbers and geometry. I hated both math and geometry in school, but had to change my mind after this very interesting book. Don't get shocked by the old fashioned cover! The inside is up to date!
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am 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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am 30. September 1999
Start anywhere on this adventure. 3, 9, 7 whatever. It's like reading a blueprint of yourself. Reminds me of a cool drink of water on a hot day. Doing simple drawings really bring the words to life. Center of the circle tells quite the tale.
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