- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Frances Lincoln; 1st Pbk. Ed edition (1 Feb. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0711225389
- ISBN-13: 978-0711225381
- Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 1.9 x 29.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Garden of Cosmic Speculation Paperback – 1 Feb 2005
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... a fascinating read, esoteric and enjoyable. It expounds the process involved in serious design - rare in garden books ... essential for anyone considering making a garden, or indeed any creative work (Christopher Bradley-Hole Gardens Illustrated)
As a brave and thoughtful experiment in the study of nature in all its aspects, both book and garden are well worth lingering over (New Scientist)
About the Author
Charles Jencks is the author of several best-selling books on architecture. He divides his time between lecturing, writing and designing in the USA, in the UK and in Europe.
To visit Charles Jencks' website click here
Top Customer Reviews
The Garden of Cosmic Speculation tells the story of one of the most important gardens of the 21st century, it has been viewed as a unique response to the age old conflict between art and science.
Based in the borders area of Scotland, the Garden of Cosmic Speculation is a place to explore the fundamental aspects of the universe.
Created by the internationally celebrated architectural critic and designer Charles Jencks, he has explored some of the most profound questions that haunt us, through his shaping of his life-times work, The Garden of Cosmic Speculation.
He asks such questions as:
"What are atoms made of and how should we conceive of them? How does DNA make up a living organism and why is it essential to celebrate it in a garden?"
Charles Jencks has mastered visual metaphors, creating a truly unique way of thinking. He has taken it upon himself to challenge frequently misunderstood concepts such as the "Big Bang" and the "Selfish Gene"
This Garden is a celebration of the universe and nature, both intellectually and through the senses, this book guides you through his process of the design of the garden and presents a view of the universe quite different from the standard model
Visually stunning, and thought provoking, the combination of photographs of the garden and explanations into the science that inspired it does the garden justice. In fact, you come out more in awe of Charles Jencks and his brilliant mind than before, realising his vision to view the universe in a different way.Read more ›
is absolutely first class.Having visited the garden in May the book gives
an excellent account.Sadly the garden is only open for six hours on the
first Sunday in May each year.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A very nice book, just as described. Even with international shipping, the book arrived promptly. Thank you!Published on 23 Oct. 2014 by Karen W.
I'd not heard of the garden until I read the latest Louise Penny book in which it was mentioned
What an amazing place
I wish it were open more often!
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