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  • Our world abounds with fundamental and awesome conditions of perfection. The sun rises every morning. The seasons change regularly (more or less...). The tides come in and go out. From these kinds of natural patterns, we have developed a language of order to describe and predict cyclical patterns of change. It's called 'geometry,' which means 'measure of the earth.'

    Geometry studies and describes spatial order and relationship within and between forms.

    In ancient Egypt the Nile flooded every year, washing away everything from boundaries of farmland to floor plans of temples. But the water always receded leading to a cyclical pattern of 'flood' and 'no flood.' When the waters withdrew into the confines of the river's banks, the boundaries and floor plans were created once again.

    But we don't have to go to the magnitude of the earth, seasons, and floods in order to see the magnificence of geometric relationships. An everyday example that we experience but that can be easily missed is the human body we each inhabit. ALL aspects of our bodies...even the smallest bones in a finger...are mathematically or geometrically related one to another.



    [Leonardo da Vinci's well-known drawing, Proportions of the Human Body, spatially (geometrically) shows the relationship of the body to both the square and the circle. This image is from Wikipedia. Credit to Luc Viatour / www.Lucnix.be.]
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