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How the World Is Made: The Story of Creation According to Sacred Geometry Paperback – 19 Mar 2012

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Thames and Hudson Ltd; 01 edition (19 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500290377
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500290378
  • Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 2.6 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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Love the book, it has many interesting illustrations to demonstrate the points about sacred geometry. Very interesting facts about it. Can be a little mealy with the explanations but on the whole a very interesting perspective on creation. It has certainly got me thinking and wanting to expand on this knowledge. If you like looking at patterns and shapes and their interconnectedness and how it all relates to the creation of absolutely everything, this is a good start.
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I've just finished reading one of the most beautiful books I've ever had the pleasure of holding in my hands - John Michell's final work (with Allan Brown), How the World is Made - The Story of Creation According to Sacred Geometry. Everything about it screams quality; the proportions, the paper, the typeface, the layout, the content, and of course the 300+ beautiful watercolours of John's sacred geometry illustrations, brought to rich, vibrant life on the page. To open the book is to step into a world of wonder and enlightenment, where every turn of the page reveals another gem to treasure or another profound Truth to enrich the soul. It reminds me somewhat of a cherished children's story book with pictures - though the content is anything but childish. It's a book you should definitely buy in hardback as you're going to want to keep this one on the bookshelf and take it out frequently just to look at or to show it to friends, rather like a favourite ornament or piece of jewellery that you want to show off. It's a wonderful legacy for John to have left us.

It will help if you have some familiarity with the fundamentals of sacred geometry, or have read some of John's previous works on the subject as the book almost skims over the basic tenets and ratios, so impatient is it to get into the meaty areas like squaring the circle and the dimensions of the Heavenly City. It feels like the opening chapters were the last to be written and could have done with just a little more explanation to prevent them alienating newcomers to the subject. That may be the case - as John was still working on this book when he passed, perhaps those chapters had yet to receive a final draft revision.
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By Joe on 30 Sept. 2015
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Great Book for anyone interested in such subjects.

I own Quadrivium by Wooden Books, it got me interested in this subject and was a great introduction to Sacred Geometry among other things like Geometry in Music, etc. I feel that if you can grasp the concepts expressed in that book, this book by John Michell should be your next read.

The book consists of 1-2 pages for each image on the written subject, which are both very interesting to gaze at and/or study, and are also required in order to fully grasp the related Text.

The text takes the reader through the basic introduction of each chapter & page etc, before going into explanations and proofing, that can sometimes be quite in depth and require the reader to concentrate, or in my case, re-read a sentence from time to time.
The content may require imagination to understand a the concept, and even an interest in number to fully understand some of the aspects.

People who know a little about Sacred Geometry will not be disappointed. Although this book isn't "huge" and i could casually read it within a few days, this book will take many future hours & study sessions at my desk if i want to fully understand the all content here.
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It is a very inspiring mind-boggling book, I thoroughly recommend it, it is a perfect blend of maths and logic bordering on the esoteric and spiritual.
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The subject is fascinating- mathematics meets the divine...
The writing is good, clear, concise and intriguing.
However, the illustrations are awful in such enlarged format. The little drawings don't do justice to the great text.
The price was excellent.
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If you are a mathematician, a gardener, a person like any other who finds great wonder and beauty in the world, then you will indeed find a special place for this beautifully illustrated book in both your mind and on your book shelf. Here, the world is presented in all its remarkable glory through the most amazing geometric designs, delicately produced, found in nature and all material existence and like a magical mirror reflects to us the the great mystery of existence and of all things. Like many of the scientists who study physics have come to realise, there is much evidence to suggest our universe is both intelligent and spiritual. Believe me, you will delight in owning this remarkable study.
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Very nice book with lots of hand drawn and coloured geometric patterns. The descriptions of these shapes and the relations to number are discussed in more depth than I expected with a lot of reference to the esoteric and ancient understandings that were much more advanced than many may realize. I am quite new to this topic and am still not sure of it's true implications. This book seems like a good starting point for the novice (I have only read a book called Quadrivium by Wooden Books, which is also nice). At no point did I find the information particularly tough to comprehend. I also feel there is enough information presented for those how feel the desire, to recreated the drawings with a straight edge and a compass (which could be a nice meditative practice).
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