Wonderful short film about Natural Histories, which collects 500 years of rare scientific illustrations from the archives of the American Museum of Natural History.
Peek inside this treasure-tome here.
Thank you so much for your reply! Very helpful, I should have been more specific but you kind of answered my question.It was after a long night of thesis writing, so my brain was fried! I am an air quality consultant specializing in air quality assessment and air quality management. Well, it’s not quite a year so I don’t know if I can call myself a specialist yet!
But thank you for the tips, I’m not sure if you will have time to answer the part of the question that I left out, I will finish my MSc this year and have amassed a years worth of experience as a consultant and the next big question is : what next? Is it possible to be successful at both academia and consultancy? Is it worthwhile to do a PhD if you want to continue consulting? What I ideally want to end up with is the right mix of qualifications and work experience that will allow me to make my own schedule, to travel, to “make a difference” in a field I am growing to love.
Thanks for an awesome blog, hats off to you!
Sarisha Perumal, Post-graduate Environmental Science Student, Air Quality Consultant, Durban, South Africa
SACRED GEOMETRY: An Introduction
What is meant by “sacred geometry”? Well, in its simplest terms it is the geometry which underlays all creation. There are repeating geometric forms which can be seen in all existence from the atomic to the cosmic. They range from the simple and familiar such as circles, squares, triangles, spheres, cubes to the more complex such as hexagons, pentagons, spirals, toroids, fractals, helix to fourth dimensional forms such as the hypercube and the hypersphere. These forms make up all of our visual reality and their repetition and their combinations speak to the nature of reality and the underlying symmetry and order of the universe which may be at first indiscernible to the naked eye.
Once we have learned to recognize these forms and to understand a bit about the mathematical relationship between them a whole new world dawns for us. You’ll recognize these patterns everywhere. You will see them in the arrangement of atoms within a crystal. In the forms of the virus and cell. In flowers, seeds and leaves. In the structure of an insects eye. You will see them in the cream in your coffee and in the shape of geological structures on the broad face of the Earth. You will see them in clouds and weather patterns. You will see them in the structure of planets, their orbits in galaxies and in the fourth dimensional shape of the universe itself.
The shapes are a language. They speak of relationships and patterns and those patterns are meaningful no matter what the scale. The spiral in your coffee cup has the same relationship as the spiral of the galaxy. You see these patterns are not “things” as we are accustomed to think of things that exist in our three dimensional realm. A baseball is a “thing” it approximates a sphere but it is not a sphere. A sphere is an ideal that exists independently of the crude world of our perception. However, because a baseball approximates a sphere we can use what we know of the ideal of a sphere to predict how a baseball will act in three dimensional space and in the fourth dimension of time. This is the world of ideals and their relationship to the outward world of forms.
☯ Samsaran ☯
“To understand is to perceive patterns.”
— Isaiah Berlin
“The mathematician’s patterns, like the painter’s or the poet’s must be beautiful; the ideas like the colours or the words, must fit together in a harmonious way. Beauty is the first test: there is no permanent place in the world for ugly mathematics.”
— G. H. Hardy