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Sacred Number

The Secret Quality of Quantities

Miranda Lundy

Bloomsbury USA

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ISBN10: 0802714560
ISBN13: 9780802714565


64 Pages



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Numbers permeate every aspect of our lives; very little happens without a basic ability to manipulate the simple whole numbers we all take for granted. Beautifully illustrated with old engravings as well as contemporary imagery, Sacred Number introduces basic counting systems; significant numbers from major religious texts; the importance of astronomy, geometry, and music to number quality; how numbers affect architecture. Lundy explains why the ideas of Pythagoras still resonate, and she profiles each number from one to ten to show its distinct qualities: why, for example, the golden section is associated with five, and seven with the Virgin Mary.


Praise for Sacred Number

"The fascinating, informative Wooden Books series blends ancient wisdom and modern knowledge. The books . . . will stimulate more thinking and subsequent 'Eureka' moments than a dozen novels laced with narrative innovation and postmodern stylings."—The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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About the author

Miranda Lundy

Miranda Lundy has studied the history of number for most of her life. The author of Sacred Geometry, she lives in England.