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A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: Mathematical… (edition 1995)

by Michael S. Schneider

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Title:A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art, and Science
Authors:Michael S. Schneider
Info:HarperPerennial (1995), Paperback, 351 pages
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A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art, and Science by Michael S. Schneider

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    Journey through Genius: The Great Theorems of Mathematics by William Dunham (br77rino)
    br77rino: Dunham goes through a handful of significant math theorems through the millenia, including Hippocrates' solution for the quadrature of the lune. Generally he goes over the mathematician's life as well as the mathematics. Great read. Not too deep.
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  EclecticAthenaeum | Mar 17, 2016 |
I guess it's the geek in me that can love a book about geometry, though to be fair this is pop geometry, and the language and concepts are so simple that most anyone could understand it. It's stuffed full of fascinating examples of numbers and geometry in the world and in our language, although you have to bear in mind that 'our language' here is basically English, so it might be fair to say that the author often twists things to suit his argument (there's also no bibliography in my copy, which makes me skeptical of some bits).

If you want to read about why manhole covers are round, why two never used to be considered a number, and how to draw a pentagon (among other things), I really recommend this book. It would be a great sourcebook for maths teachers and textbook writers, too. ( )
1 vote zbrntt | Nov 15, 2008 |
This book is like a biography of the numbers 1 to 10; it's a look at how each of the numbers manifests itself in nature; how culture and mysticism have evolved around and from geometry. It's absolutely wonderful -- so much knowledge presented in such an accessible way. Lots of food for thought, some trivial pursuits, all leading to a greater appreciation for our world. ( )
2 vote LynnB | Jun 13, 2008 |
This eye halvah for the mind makes a fine and instructive gift for the brightest girl or boy in your family tree -or for most any budding artist, mathematician, or mythologist. They'd doubtless graduate to Pickover's "The Loom of God" eventually. Marvelous and encouraging.
1 vote kencf0618 | Sep 27, 2005 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060926716, Paperback)

The Universe May Be a Mystery,
But It's No Secret

Michael Schneider leads us on a spectacular, lavishly illustrated journey along the numbers one through ten to explore the mathematical principles made visible in flowers, shells, crystals, plants, and the human body, expressed in the symbolic language of folk sayings and fairy tales, myth and religion, art and architecture. This is a new view of mathematics, not the one we learned at school but a comprehensive guide to the patterns that recur through the universe and underlie human affairs. A Beginner's Guide to Constructing, the Universe shows you:

Why cans, pizza, and manhole covers are round.

Why one and two weren't considered numbers by the ancient Greeks.

Why squares show up so often in goddess art and board games.

What property makes the spiral the most widespread shape in nature, from embryos and hair curls to hurricanes and galaxies.

How the human body shares the design of a bean plant and the solar system.

How a snowflake is like Stonehenge, and a beehive like a calendar.

How our ten fingers hold the secrets of both a lobster and a cathedral.

And much more.

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