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A treatise on the laws governing proportional form in both nature and the arts and sciences, this well-illustrated volume amply demonstrates how a design's geometrical construction can captivate both the eye and the mind. Flowers, shells, and other natural organisms appear here, along with artistic creations, in a mathematical study of the similarity of their constructive principles. These principles, in turn, are the fundamental elements by which nature creates harmony.

The author, Samuel Colman (1832and#8211;1920), was a prominent member of the Hudson River School of painters ("Storm King on the Hudson," his 1866 oil on canvas, is one of his best-known works), and an embodiment through his life and work of the school's celebration of nature through art. As an activist in the politics of art, Colman helped form the Society of American Artists as well as the American Society of Painters in Water Colors, a relatively new medium at the time. He was also a teacher and associate of Louis Comfort Tiffany; in 1879, the two joined forces to establish an interior design firm that included Mark Twain among its clientele.

This handsome and provocative volume is enhanced by 302 drawings by the author that complement and amplify each subject area discussed. It also includes an important Mathematical Analysis by the editor, C. Arthur Coan. As a multifaceted study, this book will find an audience among artists and philosophers, as well as scientists and mathematicians. 302 black-and-white illustrations. 1912 edition.

Book News Annotation:

Written and illustrated by a painter with the Hudson River School, this book analyzes the geometric forms present in the natural structure of crystals, flowers, shells, insects, and humans, and considers their implications for architectural design. Originally published as in 1912 by G.P. Putnam's Sons. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

A treatise on the laws governing proportional form in both nature and art, this well-illustrated volume features natural organisms and artistic creations in a mathematical study ofand#160;their constructive principles.

Synopsis:

A treatise on the laws governing proportional form in both nature and the arts and sciences, this well-illustrated volume demonstrates how a design can captivate both the eye and the mind. Flowers and shells appear here, along with artistic creations, in a study of the similarity of their constructive principles.

Synopsis:

A treatise on the laws governing proportional form in both natue and the arts and sciences, this well-illusrated volume amply demonstrates how a design's geometrical construction can appeal both to the eye and the mind. Flowers, shells, and other natural organisms appear here, along with artistic creations, in a mathematical study of the similarity of their constructive principles. Contents: Introduction. 1. Argument. 2. Correlations. 3. Geometric Forms. 4. Geometric Forms--Continued. 5. Form Evolution. 6. The Law of Numbers. 7. Crystallography. 8. Botany. 9. On Conchology. 10. Diatoms. 11. Animate Forms. 12. The Human Figure. 13. Force. 14. Architecture. Appendix Notes. Index. Unabridged republication of Nature's Harmonic Unity: A Treatise on Its Relation to Proportional Form, published by G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1912. 330 black-and-white illustrations.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER

I ARGUMENT

II CORRELATIONS

and#160;and#160;and#160; Correlations of Numbers (by the Editor)

and#160;and#160;and#160; Correlations of Form

and#160;and#160;and#160; The Polyhedra

III GEOMETRIC FORMS

and#160;and#160;and#160; Modes of Progression

and#160;and#160;and#160; The Pentagon

and#160;and#160;and#160; The Octagon and Square

and#160;and#160;and#160; The Equilateral Triangle and the Hexagon

IV GEOMETRIC FORMS?Continued

and#160;and#160;and#160; The Egyptian Triangle

and#160;and#160;and#160; The Ideal Angle

and#160;and#160;and#160; The Vesica Piscis

and#160;and#160;and#160; The Rectangles

V FORM EVOLUTION

and#160;and#160;and#160; Geometry of Segmentation

and#160;and#160;and#160; Extreme and Mean Proportion

VI THE LAW OF NUMBERS

VII CRYSTALLOGRAPHY

VIII BOTANY

IX ON CONCHOLOGY

X DIATOMS

XI ANIMATE FORMS

and#160;and#160;and#160; Insects

and#160;and#160;and#160; Birds

and#160;and#160;and#160; Fish

and#160;and#160;and#160; Mammals

XII THE HUMAN FIGURE

XIII FORCE (Chapter by the Editor)

and#160;and#160;and#160; Sound

and#160;and#160;and#160; Light

and#160;and#160;and#160; Heat

and#160;and#160;and#160; Gravitation

XIV ARCHITECTURE

APPENDIX NOTES (by the Editor)

INDEX

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486428734
Author:
Bisplinghoff, Raymond L.
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Author:
Colman, Samuel
Location:
Mineola, N.Y.
Subject:
General
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
Architecture
Subject:
Proportion (art)
Subject:
Proportion
Subject:
Mathematics in nature.
Subject:
Criticism - General
Subject:
General Science
Subject:
Criticism -- Theory.
Subject:
Architecture -- Composition, proportion, etc.
Subject:
Art-Theory and Criticism
Subject:
Earth Sciences
Edition Number:
Dover ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Popular Science
Series Volume:
Bd. 4
Publication Date:
20030431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
330 ht and line
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.5 in 0.65 pd

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A treatise on the laws governing proportional form in both nature and art, this well-illustrated volume features natural organisms and artistic creations in a mathematical study ofand#160;their constructive principles.
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A treatise on the laws governing proportional form in both nature and the arts and sciences, this well-illustrated volume demonstrates how a design can captivate both the eye and the mind. Flowers and shells appear here, along with artistic creations, in a study of the similarity of their constructive principles.
"Synopsis" by , A treatise on the laws governing proportional form in both natue and the arts and sciences, this well-illusrated volume amply demonstrates how a design's geometrical construction can appeal both to the eye and the mind. Flowers, shells, and other natural organisms appear here, along with artistic creations, in a mathematical study of the similarity of their constructive principles. Contents: Introduction. 1. Argument. 2. Correlations. 3. Geometric Forms. 4. Geometric Forms--Continued. 5. Form Evolution. 6. The Law of Numbers. 7. Crystallography. 8. Botany. 9. On Conchology. 10. Diatoms. 11. Animate Forms. 12. The Human Figure. 13. Force. 14. Architecture. Appendix Notes. Index. Unabridged republication of Nature's Harmonic Unity: A Treatise on Its Relation to Proportional Form, published by G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1912. 330 black-and-white illustrations.
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