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Proportion : Science, Philosophy, Architecture - Richard Padovan


Science, Philosophy, Architecture

Paperback Published: 9th September 1999
ISBN: 9780419227809
Number Of Pages: 402

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This handbook provides readers with a well-illustrated and readable comparative guide to proportion systems in architecture, setting out the mathematical principles that underlie the main systems and illustrating these with examples of their use in historical and modern buildings. The main body of the text traces the interplay of abstraction and empathy through the history of science, philosophy and architecture from the early Greeks through to the two early twentieth-century architects who made proportion the focus of their work: Le Corbusier and Van der Laan. The book ends with a reflection on the present and future role of proportion in architecture.

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"Padovan's important new book surveys 25 centuries of theoretical concern for proportion in architecture in relationship to philosophy and science." -"Choice "Padovan had much to offer all architects, not only in respect of what they design but also of how they see the world as a whole. And that is quite and achievement "Architectural Review."

The Harmony of the World Made Manifest in Form and Number
Abstraction and Empathy
Unit and Multiplier
The House as Model for the Universe
The Proportions of the Parthenon
Plato: Order Out of Chaos
Aristotle: Change, Continuity and the Unit
Euclid: The Golden Section and the Five Regular solids
Gothis Proportions
Renaissance Artchitecture
Renaissance Cosmology
The World as a Machine
Turning from the Outer to the Inner World
The Golden Section and the Golden Module
Knowing by Not Knowing
Where Do We Go From Here?
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ISBN: 9780419227809
ISBN-10: 0419227806
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 402
Published: 9th September 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 18.95  x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.86
Edition Number: 1