What was the golden secret known to Leonardo da Vinci, Kepler, Plato and the ancient magicians? Can there really be a key to nature and life itself? This book aims to unravel a mystery, a code that seems to underly life, the universe and everything, a pattern we instinctively recognise as beautiful, and which nature herself uses at every scale.
Across the Islamic world, illuminating Korans from Morocco to Malaysia, are hidden some of the most exquisite geometrical devices ever conceived by man. In this excellent little book, geometer Daud Sutton unravels the mystery of Islamic patterns, explaining where they come from, how to draw them, and hinting at the Divine messages they encode.
Beginning with the evolution of visual perspective, McNaughton reveals how and why illusions work. She offers optical illusions to suggest to readers that the world they perceive is in fact a complex product of their brains, constructed from the sensory data. Illustrations.
With hand-drawn woodcut-style images, this primer on three-dimensional space takes the reader on a journey into the world of the regular solids, with reference to Plato, Kepler and other famous figures from history who were obsessed with these forms. With detailed appendices, this is a book for specialists and amateurs alike.
When is an entrance a portal? In this beautiful little book, packed with rare antique illustrations and original artwork by Miles Thistletwaite, architectural historian Philippa Lewis explores the fascinating world of liminal boundaries and the inexhaustable variety of ways in which we cross them.