In his early teens he was a cadet at the French Naval Academy in Brest , and of the last generation in the old sailing ship Borda. He became a French Navy midshipman and made a cruise in a frigate to the Caribbean. Ghyka entered the Romanian Navy as a junior officer, serving mainly on the Danube. He was also involved in taking newly constructed river gunboats from the Thames Iron Works to Romania via European waterways.
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Start your review of The Geometry of Art and Life Write a review Shelves: geometry , philosophical-geometry I found this little book indispensable for gaining new perspectives on Geometry and the role it played in art, life, and architecture. The modern approach to geometry tends to focus on the mathematical or numerical relationships between objects being studied - i.
While this modern approach is technically "correct", it is a far cry from the approach taken by the ancient I found this little book indispensable for gaining new perspectives on Geometry and the role it played in art, life, and architecture. While this modern approach is technically "correct", it is a far cry from the approach taken by the ancient geometers who measured fields, built temples, and created classical works of art. Ghyka takes us on a trip through through the ancient process of construction, clearly illustrating the "active" nature of geometry, and potentially creation itself.
He is able to do this by synthesizing the old and the new, choosing to use numbers to illustrate constructions rather than doing away with numbers entirely as other authors have sought to do.
This work is remarkably clear and succinct, illustrating constructions that anyone can follow and participate in. Gyhka spends a fair about of time on the concepts of ratio, proportion, and symmetry — not a surprise for someone focusing on the artistic nature of proportions. Insights such as these made the book a joy to read, all the while remaining imminently practical. I found this work to be essential in answering some of the fundamental questions found in Philosophical Geometry, most importantly whether the square or the circle should be considered the "primary figure" from which all others are derived.
The author is an often-quoted expert on the subject. Feb 08, Brad Blackman rated it it was amazing Excellent book, though I wish it went into more analysis of paintings and sculptures over the ages. Mar 15, Dead Poet rated it it was amazing Dense and riveting. After reading this book I now have and endless amount of ideas for paintings Sep 12, Alhamdamar Mudafiq rated it it was amazing all about "the golden ratio" is very clear in this book with many plate showed.
The geometry of art and life
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