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de Robert Vincent translated from the french

Format 21 x 26 cm. 128 pages

 

Encouraged by the success of the french original, this revised and extended english edition of the beautifully illustrated book presents the fundamental concepts of artwork and geometric design. It reveals the secrets of how readers from various fields and with different backgrounds apply these concepts and thus create beautiful harmonies.

 

Without requiring any mathematics knowledge, only with a ruler and a pair of compasses, the author Robert Vincent illustrates how divine proportions emerge from a magic number, called the Golden Section (PHI).

 

The book contains more than 100 geometric layouts, many of them taken from historic monuments, each with easily followed step-by-step instructions how to recreate them. It supports architects, artists, and designers in creating objects which are esthetically attractive, because they are based on natural harmonies. Kept secret to outsiders by the masters, throughout the ages the design fundamentals remained absolutely identical.

 

In the preface Albert LeCoff, director of the Wood Turning Center, an artists' association whose members create harmonious artwork, illustrates how geometry establishes a universal and timeless relation between the present and the past.

 

Sparking the imagination, the reader easily enters into fields of science by passing through the doorway of geometry.

 

Those who appreciate the true essence of geometry, the beauty of pattern, sacred art, symbolic figures and outlines will love this book.

 

CONTENTS

 

- Preface by Albert LeCoff, p. 5

- Foreword by the author, p. 7

- The golden section or the "divine proportion", p. 9

- What is the golden section - its history - its presence - Geometrical line-tracing, p. 15

 

BASIC FIGURES DRAWN WITH ONLY RULER AND COMPASSES, p. 17

- A few elementary drawings made by the Romanesque builders with a rope

GRAPHICAL DETERMINATION OF PHI AND ITS MEASUREMENT, p. 25

- Geometric constructions of the golden section

- Measurements and instruments

PENTAGONS AND THE DYNAMICS OF FIVE, p. 39

- The golden section is ever present

GEOMETRICAL FIGURES IN WHICH PHI PLAYS A PART, p. 55

- Polygons, spirals, stars, rose windows and other emblematic figures

PLATONIC SOLIDS, p. 75

- The five Platonic solids and their relation to the golden section

THE GOLDEN SECTION IN HUMAN ACHIEVEMENTS, p. 85

- From the Cheops pyramid to that of the Louvre, passing by Le Corbusier's

"Cit Radieuse", the Marseilles Tarot or the official football of the Football Association (FIFA)

GEOMETRICAL CURIOSITIES, p. 99

- From the duplication of a cube to mandalas passing by the drawing of trisectors or of the quadrature of the circle

- Conclusion, p. 125

 

CREDITS, p. 126

 

INDEX, p. 127

 

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