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The Power of Limits: Proportional Harmonies in Nature, Art and Architecture (Shambhala Pocket Classics) Paperback – 29 Nov 2005

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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc; New edition edition (29 Nov. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590302591
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590302590
  • Product Dimensions: 26.9 x 1 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 451,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" Those who read this book are in for a treat, for they may discover a new way of seeing the world, literally. Doczi is to be commended for his scholarship-- and vision." -- Library Journal
" The clearest, best-illustrated book on the subject." -- Ballast Quarterly Review
" A stimulating, eye-opening book for all artists and designers, students of science and psychology, this visually stunning volume unveils the astonishing similarities between the designs of nature and human creativity in art and society." -- Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association
" Doczi's book is an excellent introduction to the study of proportions and is also a beautiful, poetic expression of the harmony of the universe." -- New Age

"Those who read this book are in for a treat, for they may discover a new way of seeing the world, literally. Doczi is to be commended for his scholarship—and vision."—" Library Journal"
"The clearest, best-illustrated book on the subject."—" Ballast Quarterly Review"
" ""A stimulating, eye-opening book for all artists and designers, students of science and psychology, this visually stunning volume unveils the astonishing similarities between the designs of nature and human creativity in art and society."—" "Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association
"Doczi's book is an excellent introduction to the study of proportions and is also a beautiful, poetic expression of the harmony of the universe."—" New Age
"

"Those who read this book are in for a treat, for they may discover a new way of seeing the world, literally. Doczi is to be commended for his scholarship--and vision."--" Library Journal"
"The clearest, best-illustrated book on the subject."--" Ballast Quarterly Review"
"""A stimulating, eye-opening book for all artists and designers, students of science and psychology, this visually stunning volume unveils the astonishing similarities between the designs of nature and human creativity in art and society."--""Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association
"Doczi's book is an excellent introduction to the study of proportions and is also a beautiful, poetic expression of the harmony of the universe."--" New Age
"

About the Author

GyOrgy Doczi practiced architecture in Hungary, Sweden, Iran, and the United States. He initiated a permanent exhibit on form in nature and art at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, and was a founder of the Friends of Jungian Psychology Northwest. He died in 1995.


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This book is about recognizing very basic patterns in nature (anatomy of humans and animals, plants, rocks, shells, etc.), universe,arts, crafts, architecture, music,writing, rhythm in poetry.Diverse cultures are covered.The preview of this book can give you quite a good idea how its looks like and how its logic is developed.This is not a book on composition, dealing with design principles teaching how to balance your composition using those principles, if you are in creative profession.

This book is not dealing as much in depth with composition from the view point of art history, although touches it, but it takes a wider, more holistic approach.(You will not find for ex. the analisis how triangles and diagonal lines were applied in composition in order to create harmony in paintings).Historical references range from neolithic times, through antiquity, Renaissance.For ex. the author deals with such universal symbol as pentagram, but not as much from the view point of iconography: it is more about harmonics in a more Pythagorean way, and it is mentioned that this symbol is meanignfull still today , which allows the pentagram to be classified among Jungian archetypes. Or the author touches sightly on the view of unity and harmony laws among Maoris (mana and tapu), American Indians,Minoan art and architecture expressed in its spiral patterns (mother earth symbols, mother and child, symbols of re-emergence, labyrinth). You get the idea.

I think this book can be of great interest to many people who are interested in patterns and proportions: mathematicians, specially if you are into fractal geometry, artists, art historians, architects, craft people, musicians, dancers, scientists, or if you have deeper interest in those areas.
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Doczi shows the commonality and connectedness of all things in the universe through the perspective of the golden mean. He does so in such a manner that the expert or layman, the physicist or metaphysicist can readily understand. This is by far the most readable book of its kind.
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This book is magical and profound. It will appeal to layman and scientist alike.
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This is a superb guide to the Golden ratios and proportions of most of natures creations on this planet. For artists it is invaluable!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Visual presentations of One Over-arching Fact of the Universe 22 Aug. 2016
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It is astounding.
When I recently perused his book for the first time, my brief initial dogmatic thought was, "this cannot be real." Then I became quickly ecstatic about the greater import of its many graphic presentations.
I had already become convinced of the universal connections of everything. I probably gained the ability of unusual insights and visions about that subject, and many others, from my death/near-death experiences very early in life, as well as from long-term diverse and extremely traumatic episodes that resulted into some of the greatest blessings anyone can receive. Some of those blessings are described in the concluding chapter of the book titled, "Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal."
During the late sixties Gyorgy and I became close friends while working together on projects in an architect's office in downtown Seattle. He honored me by inviting me to assist him in preparing drawings, etc., for a permanent display at the Pacific Science Center. It was not part of our professional responsibilities but dovetailed with his passionate personal hobby.
I do not know if anyone knew during that time how very important Gyorgy's patient research would prove with future developments. It graphically shows everything in the universe is indeed connected with each other. That knowledge must already have been known by ancient individuals and cultures around the world.
I do not know if Gyorgy might have been aware to what extent his theme of universal proportions and harmonies might be incorporated in uncountable other themes beyond what he explained in his book. One applicable earthly physical example that is "Vibrational Medicine." That is also the main title of a best-selling book by Richard Gerber, M.D. That medicine was a great part of my recovery from environmental poisoning from a multitude of commonly-used chemicals.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my best books ever 23 Jun. 2011
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This book is a must for anyone interested in sacred geometry. The text is superb, the illustrations 'illuminating'... fine quality line drawings, with extensive data describing the proportions found in nature. This is my fourth copy of this book, previous copies given as gifts or loaned and not returned.

I am delighted to have my BOOK back. I learn from it every time i reread it.

Oh, and don't be daunted by the complexity of the measurements; just relax and enjoy the beauty. You will see with your mind's eye the truth of the Power of Limits. ;-)

Do buy this book, but if you would like something that explains the intrinsic nature of proportion and number, I suggest Michael S Schneider's book 'A beginners Guide to Constructing the Universe'. I bought my latest copy [my second] right here at Amazon.

Michael is an intelligent, focused, enthusiatic teacher [I've attended his seminars & workshops] and his book is chocked full of easily understandable information and illustrations showing, again, the logical beautiful matrix of our wonderful world. There are drawing exercises so you can see the sacred geometry unfold before your very eys; try your hand at drawing nature's beautiful mysteries yourself!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing book 17 May 2013
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In my opinion, this book could not be read too often by too many people in whatever field. It is contemporary wisdom for everyone. That said, it will mostly appeal to artist and architects or anyone who sees associations across multiple fields- the humanities. But its principles apply equally well to economics, psychology, family planning, etc. The general premise being that life is sustained and multiplied by staying within the natural laws that govern that particular thing. It goes counter to most mainstream thinking but is eloquently and beautifully laid out in this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth the purchase, but be patient 27 Dec. 2015
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The concept is fascinating, the delivery of material gets rather complicated when musical notes are added to this concept of Power of Limits...maybe I am just being simple...I was interested in Fine Art composition.....but I find myself going back and re reading sections.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE for all... 23 Mar. 2014
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this is the fourth book I have bought...PLAN TO KEEP this...I often give it as a gift to friends...
It is a book that is most profound in understanding the geometry of all creation...and FINALLY
many of what is written here...is now being revealed through the LATEST TECHNOLOGY...
which the WESTERN world is finally catching up...from ancient teachings that has been shared centuries ago..
better late than never~!!!!!
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