The Divine Proportion: A Study in Mathematical Beauty (Dover Books on Mathematics)

3.97 avg rating
( 134 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780486222547: The Divine Proportion: A Study in Mathematical Beauty (Dover Books on Mathematics)
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Using simple mathematical formulas, most as basic as Pythagoras's theorem and requiring only a very limited knowledge of mathematics, Professor Huntley explores the fascinating relationship between geometry and aesthetics. Poetry, patterns like Pascal's triangle, philosophy, psychology, music, and dozens of simple mathematical figures are enlisted to show that the "divine proportion" or "golden ratio" is a feature of geometry and analysis which awakes answering echoes in the human psyche. When we judge a work of art aesthetically satisfying, according to his formulation, we are making it conform to a pattern whose outline is laid down in simple geometrical figures; and it is the analysis of these figures which forms the core of Professor Huntley's book.
For the philosopher, scientist, poet, art historian, music listener, artist, as well as the general reader who wants to understand more about the fascinating properties of numbers, this is a beautifully written, exciting account of the search for a naturally manifested aesthetic that has occupied man since he first asked the question "why?"
"This is a delightful book to read. . . . It wanders here and there through some of the most attractive byways of simple mathematics, returning always to the oddities and pleasures of the golden section. This is a browser's book — a happy, untidy traveling or bedside book for those who know how to enjoy the charm of numbers and shapes." — Dr. J. Bronowski, The Salk Institute.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

List Price: US$ 9.95
US$ 6.45

Convert currency

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.

Destination, rates & speeds

Add to Basket

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

Seller Image

1.

Huntley, H.E.
Published by Dover Publications (1970)
ISBN 10: 0486222543 ISBN 13: 9780486222547
New Paperback Quantity Available: 9
Seller:
Quality Music and Books
(Littlefork, MN, U.S.A.)

Book Description Dover Publications, 1970. Paperback. Condition: New. No Jacket. New paperback copy from the publisher. Engaging introduction to that curious feature of mathematics which provides framework for so many structures in biology, chemistry, and the arts. Discussion ranges from theories of biological growth to intervals and tones in music, Pythagorean numerology, conic sections, Pascal's triangle, the Fibonnacci series, and much more.Dover Original. 5.375x8.5 inches, 186 pages. Seller Inventory # 006127

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 6.45
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

2.

Huntley, H. E.
Published by Dover Publications
ISBN 10: 0486222543 ISBN 13: 9780486222547
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Bookhouse
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Dover Publications. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0486222543. Seller Inventory # Z0486222543ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 9.16
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

3.

Huntley, H. E.
Published by Dover Publications
ISBN 10: 0486222543 ISBN 13: 9780486222547
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BookShop4U
(PHILADELPHIA, PA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Dover Publications. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0486222543. Seller Inventory # Z0486222543ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 9.16
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Seller Image

4.

Huntley, H. E.
Published by Dover Publications
ISBN 10: 0486222543 ISBN 13: 9780486222547
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
PublisherOverstocks
(Taunton, MA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Dover Publications. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0486222543. Seller Inventory # Z0486222543ZN

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 9.16
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

5.

H. E. Huntley
Published by Dover Publications Inc., United States (1970)
ISBN 10: 0486222543 ISBN 13: 9780486222547
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description Dover Publications Inc., United States, 1970. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. Using simple mathematical formulas, most as basic as Pythagoras's theorem and requiring only a very limited knowledge of mathematics, Professor Huntley explores the fascinating relationship between geometry and aesthetics. Poetry, patterns like Pascal's triangle, philosophy, psychology, music, and dozens of simple mathematical figures are enlisted to show that the "divine proportion" or "golden ratio" is a feature of geometry and analysis which awakes answering echoes in the human psyche. When we judge a work of art aesthetically satisfying, according to his formulation, we are making it conform to a pattern whose outline is laid down in simple geometrical figures; and it is the analysis of these figures which forms the core of Professor Huntley's book.For the philosopher, scientist, poet, art historian, music listener, artist, as well as the general reader who wants to understand more about the fascinating properties of numbers, this is a beautifully written, exciting account of the search for a naturally manifested aesthetic that has occupied man since he first asked the question "why?"This is a delightful book to read. . . . It wanders here and there through some of the most attractive byways of simple mathematics, returning always to the oddities and pleasures of the golden section. This is a browser's book -- a happy, untidy traveling or bedside book for those who know how to enjoy the charm of numbers and shapes." -- Dr. J. Bronowski, The Salk Institute. Seller Inventory # AAC9780486222547

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 9.90
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

6.

Huntley, H. E.
Published by Dover Publications
ISBN 10: 0486222543 ISBN 13: 9780486222547
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Lakeside Books
(Benton Harbor, MI, U.S.A.)

Book Description Dover Publications. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0486222543 Brand New! No Remainder Marks or Worn Dirty Overstocks!|VCF. Seller Inventory # OTF-S-9780486222547

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 5.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

7.

H. E. Huntley
Published by Dover Publications Inc., United States (1970)
ISBN 10: 0486222543 ISBN 13: 9780486222547
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Book Depository hard to find
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description Dover Publications Inc., United States, 1970. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. Using simple mathematical formulas, most as basic as Pythagoras's theorem and requiring only a very limited knowledge of mathematics, Professor Huntley explores the fascinating relationship between geometry and aesthetics. Poetry, patterns like Pascal's triangle, philosophy, psychology, music, and dozens of simple mathematical figures are enlisted to show that the "divine proportion" or "golden ratio" is a feature of geometry and analysis which awakes answering echoes in the human psyche. When we judge a work of art aesthetically satisfying, according to his formulation, we are making it conform to a pattern whose outline is laid down in simple geometrical figures; and it is the analysis of these figures which forms the core of Professor Huntley's book.For the philosopher, scientist, poet, art historian, music listener, artist, as well as the general reader who wants to understand more about the fascinating properties of numbers, this is a beautifully written, exciting account of the search for a naturally manifested aesthetic that has occupied man since he first asked the question "why?"This is a delightful book to read. . . . It wanders here and there through some of the most attractive byways of simple mathematics, returning always to the oddities and pleasures of the golden section. This is a browser's book -- a happy, untidy traveling or bedside book for those who know how to enjoy the charm of numbers and shapes." -- Dr. J. Bronowski, The Salk Institute. Seller Inventory # BTE9780486222547

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 10.11
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

8.

H. E. Huntley
Published by Dover Publications Inc., United States (1970)
ISBN 10: 0486222543 ISBN 13: 9780486222547
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)

Book Description Dover Publications Inc., United States, 1970. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English. Brand new Book. Using simple mathematical formulas, most as basic as Pythagoras's theorem and requiring only a very limited knowledge of mathematics, Professor Huntley explores the fascinating relationship between geometry and aesthetics. Poetry, patterns like Pascal's triangle, philosophy, psychology, music, and dozens of simple mathematical figures are enlisted to show that the "divine proportion" or "golden ratio" is a feature of geometry and analysis which awakes answering echoes in the human psyche. When we judge a work of art aesthetically satisfying, according to his formulation, we are making it conform to a pattern whose outline is laid down in simple geometrical figures; and it is the analysis of these figures which forms the core of Professor Huntley's book.For the philosopher, scientist, poet, art historian, music listener, artist, as well as the general reader who wants to understand more about the fascinating properties of numbers, this is a beautifully written, exciting account of the search for a naturally manifested aesthetic that has occupied man since he first asked the question "why?"This is a delightful book to read. . . . It wanders here and there through some of the most attractive byways of simple mathematics, returning always to the oddities and pleasures of the golden section. This is a browser's book -- a happy, untidy traveling or bedside book for those who know how to enjoy the charm of numbers and shapes." -- Dr. J. Bronowski, The Salk Institute. Seller Inventory # AAC9780486222547

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 10.21
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

9.

Huntley, H. E.
Published by Dover Publishers
ISBN 10: 0486222543 ISBN 13: 9780486222547
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)

Book Description Dover Publishers. Condition: New. Brand New. Seller Inventory # 0486222543

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 8.54
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.60
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds
Stock Image

10.

H.E. Huntley
ISBN 10: 0486222543 ISBN 13: 9780486222547
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Grand Eagle Retail
(Wilmington, DE, U.S.A.)

Book Description Paperback. Condition: New. Paperback. Engaging introduction to that curious feature of mathematics which provides framework for so many structures in biology, chemistry, and the arts. Discussion ranges from theories of biologi.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 208 pages. 0.231. Seller Inventory # 9780486222547

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 12.24
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book