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Quadrivium: The Four Classical Liberal Arts of Number, Geometry, Music, & Cosmology (Wooden Books) Hardcover – November 1, 2010
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The quadrivium-the classical curriculum-comprises the four liberal arts of number, geometry, music, and cosmology. It was studied from antiquity to the Renaissance as a way of glimpsing the nature of reality. Geometry is number in space; music is number in time; and cosmology expresses number in space and time. Number, music, and geometry are metaphysical truths: life across the universe investigates them; they foreshadow the physical sciences.
Quadrivium is the first volume to bring together these four subjects in many hundreds of years. Composed of six successful titles in the Wooden Books series-Sacred Geometry, Sacred Number, Harmonograph, The Elements of Music, Platonic & Archimedean Solids, and A Little Book of Coincidence-it makes ancient wisdom and its astonishing interconnectedness accessible to us today.
Beautifully produced in six different colors of ink, Quadrivium will appeal to anyone interested in mathematics, music, astronomy, and how the universe works.
Wooden Books was founded in 1999 by designer John Martineau near Hay-on-Wye. The aim was to produce a beautiful series of recycled books based on the classical philosophies, arts and sciences. Using the Beatrix Potter formula of text facing picture pages, and old-styles fonts, along with hand-drawn illustrations and 19th century engravings, the books are designed not to date. Small but stuffed with information. Eco friendly and educational. Big ideas in a tiny space. There are over 1,000,000 Wooden Books now in print worldwide and growing.
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The five authors whose books comprise QUADRIVIUM are Miranda Lundy, Anthony Ashton,, Jason Martineau, Daud Sutton, and John Martineau.
- Publisher : Bloomsbury USA; 64437th edition (November 1, 2010)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0802778135
- ISBN-13 : 978-0802778130
- Item Weight : 1.6 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.31 x 1.54 x 7.64 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #12,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Quadrivium is about human intellect.
How marvelously profound the world and universe is, especially through the mind's eye and creativity of our ancient forefathers.
A BIT MORE INFO: (I'm not going to attempt to speak to nor about every subject or Wooden Book contained in this anthology. Just some thoughts. )
I have been studying sacred geometry, philosophy, comparative religion, and Eastern Philosophy (Kashmir Shaivism, tantra, four yoga, Vedanta, e.t.c) for over 30 years, and music theory for 40 years. I have all of the Wooden Books in this anthology (I preordered it when it was released not knowing it was an anthology of the majority of ingenius titles already offered by Wooden Books).
An artist and musician by trade, before getting hit by a car and now virtually bedridden, I'm grateful for having access to most of Wooden Books greatest publications in this one anthology: Quadrivium.
The cover design is magnificent. You can see what subjects will be discussed and taught from looking at the little symbols on the cover. Kudos to the art director.
This is for serious seekers looking for the "secrets" of the universe-- actually,
you'll find there are no secrets at all, simply shapes, fractals, vibrations (AUM), e.t.c, found within nature and art (obviously Fibonacci's Golden Mean); sounds (vibrations/ harmony/ micro tones), e.t.c., and what shape they take when studied and graphed, if you will. Quadrivium reveals the intellect of the men and women who discovered the "secrets" to this grand universe. The patterns. The simplicity within the grand scheme of things.
There is peace within these patterns and shapes and discoveries. What looks like chaos is a well oiled machine, if you will.
Quadrivium shows you this.
The title says it all: it's a fantastic, in depth study of Quadrivium.
Personally, after almost ten years, I use the singular publications more than this anthology. Not only because of size, but because each Wooden Book is a marvelous gem. Truly. A gift from each author. Simplistic and to the point. And the artwork and design of each small Wooden Book is as beautiful as the subjects being taught, studied, or showcased.
Reading Quadrivium from front to back was a profound experience. There is a flow to everything; a pattern to nature that ancient man discovered-- from as far back as 5,000-8,000 BCE (Hindu mystics) to modern man.
I have bought many artist, musician, and spiritual seekers, renunciates, agnostics,
and atheists, this book. It truly is ecumenical. Science meets the ancient arts.
The beauty of it is it showcases the brainpower and innate artistic, scientific, and musical genius of people from thousands of centuries ago.
Although I study the works of ancient mystics from many cultures and time periods, I do enjoy how Wooden Books showcase, for example, Sacred Geometry not in mystic terms, but again, how man created some of the most beautiful architecture in history using only a straight edge, a most archaic compass, and a writing utensil.
Think about this: from a point on a piece of paper, then horizontal line, several circles, triangles created from these circles and lines, and then a perfect square---without any form of measurements like inches and cm--- ancient philosophers/ thinkers/ architects created the Tree of Life and other sacred symbols, but they also used these simple drawings to create Notre Dame, the Great Pyramids, Gothic Architecture, Islamic Architecture.
Pythagoras created a system of music.
Quadrivium looks into the visual aspect of the this system, mapped out on paper based on vibrations, microtones, e.t.c.
In all, Quadrivium is about human intellect. How marvelously profound the world and universe is, especially through the mind's eye and creativity of our ancient forefathers.
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I still love this book because mistakes like this have been few so far (really this is the only one I've blatantly noticed). It will have me fact cheking everything else in the book, which will take me a bit longer to work through, but hopefully the extra work ends up being a blessing and I learn a bit more because of it. I feel those buying the book should know before hand that this book is not perfect, though it is close. Hence the 4 stars.
I would still highly recommend it.