The Power of Limits: Proportional Harmonies in Nature, Art, and Architecture (Paperback)
Proportional Harmonies in Nature, Art, and Architecture
Shambhala Publications, 9781590302590, 150pp.
Publication Date: October 11, 2005
The Power of Limits was inspired by those simple discoveries of harmony. The author went on to investigate and measure hundreds of patterns ancient and modern, minute and vast. His discovery, vividly illustrated here, is that certain proportions occur over and over again in all these forms. Patterns are also repeated in how things grow and are made by the dynamic union of opposites as demonstrated by the spirals that move in opposite directions in the growth of a plant.
The joining of unity and diversity in the discipline of proportional limitations creates forms that are beautiful to us because they embody the principles of the cosmic order of which we are a part; conversely, the limitlessness of that order is revealed by the strictness of its forms. The author shows how we, as humans, are included in the universal harmony of form, and suggests that the union of complementary opposites may be a way to extend that harmony to the psychological and social realms as well.
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Praise For The Power of Limits: Proportional Harmonies in Nature, Art, and Architecture…
"Those who read this book are in for a treat, for they may discover a new way of seeing the world, literally. Doczi is to be commended for his scholarship—and vision."— Library Journal
"The clearest, best-illustrated book on the subject."— Ballast Quarterly Review
"A stimulating, eye-opening book for all artists and designers, students of science and psychology, this visually stunning volume unveils the astonishing similarities between the designs of nature and human creativity in art and society."— Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association
"Doczi's book is an excellent introduction to the study of proportions and is also a beautiful, poetic expression of the harmony of the universe."— New Age