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Sacred Number: The Secret Quality of Quantities

Sacred Number: The Secret Quality of Quantities

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By (author) Miranda Lundy, Illustrated by Miranda Lundy, Illustrated by Adam Tetlow, Illustrated by Richard Henry

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  • Publisher: WALKER & CO
  • Format: Hardback | 58 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 170mm x 15mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 30 September 2005
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0802714560
  • ISBN 13: 9780802714565
  • Sales rank: 728,524

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Numbers permeate every aspect of our lives; very little happens without a basic ability to manipulate the simple whole numbers we all take for granted. Beautifully illustrated with old engravings as well as contemporary imagery, Sacred Number introduces basic counting systems; significant numbers from major religious texts; the importance of astronomy, geometry, and music to number quality; how numbers affect architecture. Lundy explains why the ideas of Pythagoras still resonate, and she profiles each number from one to ten to show its distinct qualities: why, for example, the golden section is associated with five, and seven with the Virgin Mary.

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Miranda Lundy has studied the history of number for most of her life. The author of "Sacred Geometry," she lives in England.