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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I'd expected
This book is quite heavy in mathematical content but that side of it is only to support the written information. You do not, for instance, have to understand how algebra works to understand what is going on in the geometric examples in the book. Those who wish to develop a deeper understanding of the geometry, then, will have access to various mathematical formulas by...
Published on 29 Jan 2010 by B. Hamilton

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3.0 out of 5 stars Complicated, but looks comprehensive.
I bought this book with a recommendation from someon.

Although on the back of the book it says "requiring only a very limited knowledge of mathematics" I think that you need at least a little more than limited knowledge to get into the depths of this book.

I started reading this title and from the outset it was clear that the author is pretty...
Published on 24 April 2006 by Richard Stowey


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I'd expected, 29 Jan 2010
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This book is quite heavy in mathematical content but that side of it is only to support the written information. You do not, for instance, have to understand how algebra works to understand what is going on in the geometric examples in the book. Those who wish to develop a deeper understanding of the geometry, then, will have access to various mathematical formulas by buying this book.

I wanted to learn more about the golden section and this book is strongly based on it. It goes beyond the golden ratio, looking at what else works with the golden section and how it can be applied to 2D and 3D objects. A very interesting history of the pentagram and its significance for artists/designers is included and it even features examples of `secret' motifs drawn by the masons. A good overview of the art world since Gothic architecture ensues, which gives a number of good analyses of artworks (b&w images included).

I definitely learned more than just the basics on the golden section and would advise readers not to worry about the heavy mathematical content, where it appears, as it's not actually as tricky as it looks. After all, if you understand the shapes illustrated in the book on a visual level, the equations (etc) are simply the same things but in mathematical terms.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Complicated, but looks comprehensive., 24 April 2006
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Richard Stowey "Senior Project Manager" (London, England) - See all my reviews
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I bought this book with a recommendation from someon.

Although on the back of the book it says "requiring only a very limited knowledge of mathematics" I think that you need at least a little more than limited knowledge to get into the depths of this book.

I started reading this title and from the outset it was clear that the author is pretty clever. What also became clear was that the writing style of the author tended to confuse me, rather than aid me in understanding the content.

The algabraic and mathmatical content soon rose above my GCSE Maths level and the equasions seemed to be listed without any real explination.

However, if you know your maths and you like delving deeper into the geometry of art and life then this book seems to have heaps of useful content as well as a deeper understanding of geometry.

My advice to anyone looking to purchase would be to have a browse through the title before comitting to read the entire book.

I will attempt to read it again in the future!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 10 July 2014
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Love it!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book, 16 Mar 2013
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This is a good book for anyone who want to learn about Geometry.It contains many formula to create cool form.
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