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Blackwell, William. Geometry and Architecture (Berkeley: Key Curriculum Press).

Bouleau, C. The Painter's Secret Geometry. (NewYork: Harcourt and Brace, 1963). out of print

Briggs, R. Geometry of Meaning (A.M. Young, 1984). Referenced in Adriana Rossi's article in NNJ vol. 1 no. 4.

Brunès, Tons. The Secrets of Ancient Geometry and Its Use, 2 vols ( Copenhagen: Rhodos International Science Publishers, 1967). The founder of the Sacred Cut geometry.

Catalano, Eduardo. Structure and Geometry. (Cambridge: Cambridge Architectural Press, 1986).

Dürer, Albrecht. The Painter's Manual: A Manual of Measurement of Lines, Areas and Solids by Means of Compass and Ruler. W. L. Strauss, ed. and trans. (New York: Abaris Books, 1977). Referenced in Lionel March's article, NNJ vol. 3 no. 4 and in Paul Rosin's article, NNJ vol.3 no.4.

Euclid. The Thirteen Books of Euclid's Elements, vol. 1, Sir Thomas Heath, ed., 2nd ed. (New York: Dover Books, 1956).

Euclid. The Thirteen Books of Euclid's Elements, vol. 2, Sir Thomas Heath, ed., 2nd ed. (New York: Dover Books, 1956).

Euclid. The Thirteen Books of Euclid's Elements, vol. 3, Sir Thomas Heath, ed., 2nd ed. (New York: Dover Books, 1956).

Evans, Robin. The Projective Cast: Architecture and Its Three Geometries (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1995.

Furnari, Michele. Formal Design in Renaissance Architecture: From Brunelleschi to Palladio (New York: Rizzoli, 1995).

Gerdes, Paulus. Geometry From Africa. Mathematical and Educational Explorations. (Washington, DC: Mathematical Association of America, 1999).

Gheorghiu, V. and V. Dragomir, Geometry of Structural Forms (Elsevier, 1978). Referenced in Adriana Rossi's article in NNJ vol. 1 no. 4.

Ghyka, Matila. The Geometry of Art and Life, 1946 (slightly corrected reproduction, New York: Dover Publications, 1977). "The Author believes that there are such things as "the mathematics of Life" and "the Mathematics of Art" and that the two coincide. Using simple mathematical formulas...Prof. Ghyka shows the fascinating relationships between geometry, aesthetics, nature and the human body" (Comments from the book's cover). Please be aware that Ghyka's work has been subject to severe criticism recently. (NNJ Reader's comment).

W. Grace, Geometry for Architects (Stipes Dover, 1975). Referenced in Adriana Rossi's article in NNJ vol. 1 no. 4.

Hancox, Joy. The Byrom Collection and the Globe Theatre Mystery (London: Jonathan Cape, 1997). Reviewed by John Sharp in the NNJ vol. 1 (1999).

Hart, George W. and Henri Picciotto, Zome Geometry: Hands-on Learning with Zome Models. (Key Curriculum Press, 2001).

Heilbron, J.L. Geometry Civilized: History, Culture and Technique. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998).

Herz-Fischler, Roger. The Shape of the Great Pyramid. (Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2000). Reviewed by Mark A. Reynolds in the NNJ vol.3 no.4.

Hiscock, Nigel. The Wise Master Builder: Platonic Geometry in Plans of Medieval Abbeys and Cathedrals. (Hampshire UK: Ashgate, 2000).

Ivins, William M. Art and Geometry: A Study of Space Intuitions (New York: Dover Publications, ).

Lawlor, Robert. Sacred Geometry: Philosophy and Practice (New York: Thames and Hudson, 1989). "This is an introduction to the geometry which, as the ancients taught and modern science now confirms, underlies the structure of the universe...Robert Lawlor sets out the system of number, shape and proportions that determines the dimension and form of both man-made nd natural structures, from Gothic cathedrals to flowers, from music to the human body" (Comments from the book's cover).

Marchant, Paul . Unity in Pattern: A study Guide in Traditional Geometry. (London: The Prince of Wales Institute of Architecture, 1997).

Michell, John. The Dimensions of Paradise, ( rpt. London: Thames and Hudson, 1988). Out of print, but you can search for it by clicking here.

Necipoglu, Gulru and Mohammad Al-Asad . The Topkapi Scroll: Geometry and Ornament in Islamic Architecture. (Santa Monica, CA: 1995).

Pennick, Nigel. Sacred Geometry: Symbolism and Purpose in Religious Structures. (Holmes Pulbishing Group, 1994).

Schröer, Klaus and Klaus Irle . "Ich aber quadriere den Kreis..." (Münster: Waxmann Verlag, 1998). Reviewed by Gert Sperling in the NNJ, vol. 2 no. 1

Serra, Michael. Discovering Geometry: An Inductive Approach. 2nd ed. (Berkeley: Key Curriculum Press, 1997). "Michael Serra has written a genuinely exciting geometry book. This book is unique in that the students actually create geometry for themselves as they proceed through the activities and the problems. Concepts are first introduced visually, then analytically, then inductively, and, finally, deductively" (Comments from the Introduction). Read about Michael Serra's class project in the NNJ vol.2 no.2

Wells, David. Penguin Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Geometry. Illustrations by John Sharp (Penguin USA, 1992). Read John Sharp's article in NNJ vol. 1 no. 2.

Williams, Robert. The Geometrical Foundation of Natural Structure - A Source Book of Design (New York: Dover Publications Inc., 1972, 1977).

Wu, Nancy Y. (ed.). Ad Quadratum: The Practical Application of Geometry in Medieval Architecture (Ashgate Press, 2003). Reviewed by Maria Teresa Bartoli in the NNJ vol. 6 no. 2 (Autumn 2004)


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