ANCIENT GEOMETRY

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The belief that God created the universe according to a geometric plan has ancient origins. Plutarch attributed the belief to Plato, 427- 347 bC

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writing that “Plato said God geometrizes continually”. In modern times the mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss adapted this quote, saying “God arithmetizes”.

At least as late as Johannes Kepler (1571–1630), a belief in the geometric underpinnings of the cosmos persisted among scientists.

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According to Stephen Skinner, (Sydney, Australia, 1948)  the study of sacred geometry has its roots in the study of nature, and the mathematical principles at work therein.

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Many forms observed in nature can be related to geometry, for example, the chambered nautilus grows at a constant rate and so its shell forms a logarithmic spiral to accommodate that growth without changing shape

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Also, honeybees construct hexagonal cells to hold their honey. These and other correspondences are sometimes interpreted in terms of sacred geometry and considered to be further proof of the natural significance of geometric forms

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Geometric ratios, and geometric figures were often employed in the design of Egyptian, ancient Indian, Greek and Roman architecture. Medieval European cathedrals also incorporated symbolic geometry. Indian and Himalayan spiritual communities often constructed temples and fortifications on design plans of mandala and yantra.

Many of the sacred geometry principles of the human body and of ancient architecture have been compiled into the Vitruvian Man drawing by Leonardo da Vinci, itself based on the much older writings of the Roman architect Vitruvius.

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