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How the World is Made: The Story of Creation According to Sacred Geometry [Hardcover]

John Michell , Allan Brown
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Book Description

26 Oct 2009
Galileo described the universe as a large book written in the language of mathematics, which can only be read by those with knowledge of its characters triangles, circles and other geometrical figures. In How the World Is Made John Michell explains how ancient peoples who grasped the timeless principles of sacred geometry were able to create flourishing societies. His more than 300 colour illustrations reveal the secret code within these geometrical figures and how they express the spiritual meanings in the key numbers of 1 through 12. He identifies the various regular shapes and shows their constructions; their natural symbolism; their meetings, matings and ways of breeding; and their functions within the universal order. In the process, Michell helps us see the world in a new light. Disparate shapes and their corresponding numbers are woven together, resolving themselves into an all-inclusive world image that pattern in the heavens, as Socrates called it, which anyone can find and establish within themselves.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (26 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500515107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500515105
  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 21.3 x 26.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 450,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`This is a delightful book: clear, witty, beautiful and illuminating. It is well worth buying for yourself - and for your friends' --Rupert Sheldrake, The Spectator

`A beautifully illustrated, fascinating book' --Prediction Magazine

'This book is utterly gorgeous ... A thing to be cherished, a work of art ... The text is Michell's finest prose - cool, succinct, rational'
--Fortean Times

'A real treasure! Full of beautiful illustrations and poems... it will delight anyone associated with sacred cosmology or sacred landscape' --Gatekeeper Magazine

'Astonishingly beautiful... a ravishing book'
--Country Life

'John Michell has stamped this book with the freshness and originality that are his hallmark... a source of inspiration for seekers in the arts, mathematics and the Mysteries'
--Temenos Academy Review

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5.0 out of 5 stars Morag Perrott 20 Aug 2010
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This is a beautiful book. It is the final published work of an author whose research in the field of ancient science, and the metaphysical and spiritual nature of the universe has had a profound influence on modern thinking. In it he explores the language of mathematics through the numbers 1 to 12 (the significance of the duodecimal system is explained along with other systems), illustrating the geometrical figures and patterns they generate with his own delightful watercolours. It is a book that can be enjoyed on many levels from quite simply visually inspiring to extremely mentally challenging. Whatever, the underlying order in the universe shines through. I bought a copy for my elderly father, himself a mathematician and designer of note, who was showing signs of mental deterioration and had become too confused to read, write or converse coherently. He was fascinated by the illustrations, poring over them daily. One day he picked up a pen and drew some wobbly geometrical shapes. A few days later he put on his reading glasses and started reading the text. Just a few weeks on, he can read, write and converse quite normally. I'm sure this book acted as a catalyst.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Philosophy of enchantment 17 Nov 2010
This book is proof of Keats' phrase: 'Beauty is truth; truth beauty.' It speaks to the intuition as well as the intellect, and invites contemplation as well as reading. A final, supreme gift from a great man.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat disappointed. 9 Jun 2011
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Although I can see that this book would be really eye-opening
for anyone unfamiliar with the field of sacred geometry, I'd
let someone borrow it rather than recommend buying it.

Michell is excellent when he is discussing the subject but
unfortunately goes meandering off into gematria at the drop
of a hat and, frankly, the mediocre watercolours that are
scattered throughout the book as padding don't impress me
at all - there are far better illustrations available that
don't look like they were done by a bored child on a rainy day.

He makes some excellent points - and some that I haven't seen
in other works - but IMO this book doesn't deserve the gushing
praise that other reviewers seem happy to award it.

Schneider's "Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe" is
much better and even the little "Wooden Books" quick guide to
Sacred Geometry has its advantages over this more expensive one.
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