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Adventures with Impossible Figures
by Bruno Ernst
For the serious student to the professor. If you enjoy Escher's work, (he's the gentleman who creates those wonderful pictures where you do not know whether you are coming or going) Bruno Ernst is the person who taught him. This book explains it all. The concepts look esoteric but aren't. The procedures are simple. You can create your own optical conundrums once you understand the principles.

$14.95


Arches to Zigzags
by Crosbie and Rosenthal
An ABC book for "us grownups". Ostensibly aimed at the young, this large-format book is a delight for adults as well. The ABC's of architecture include elegant pictures of arches, gargoyles, hinges, I-beams, urns, and zigzags plus rhymes and an "afterward filling in definitions and locations of the architectural elements used. Marvelous!

$18.95


Exploring the Invisible: Art, Science, and the Spiritual
by Lynn Gamwell, Neil de Grasse Tyson
"This study is daring, innovative, and above all, clearly written. I suspect it will be the one book students will be able to consult in order to correlate what are usually considered the almost antagonistic fields of science and art; and I suspect, too, that thanks to its amazingly readable style, it will find its way into the libraries of post-collegiate readers. Nobody before has dared to tackle this huge topic. Art historians don't know enough about science; scientists don't know enough about art. Miraculously, probably uniquely, Lynn Gamwell seems equally at home in both areas."

$49.95


Geodesic Domes
by Borin Van Loon
For ages 12 and up. Each of the models in this book is both beautiful and interesting. It was Buckminster Fuller who pioneered this type of building. The book explains the underlying theory that enables the construction of light and strong buildings with no internal support. The US exhibit at the Montreal World's Fair in 1967 and my children's jungle gym in the backyard are two examples. For ages 12 and up.

$18.00


Geometric Patterns from Churches & Cathedrals
by Robert Field
The author has collected a wonderful set of designs from modern patchwork quilts, illustrated in full color plus designs from Greece, Italy and Byzantium.

$11.00 each


Geometric Designs from Islamic Art & Architecture
by Robert Field
The author has collected a wonderful set of designs from modern patchwork quilts, illustrated in full color plus designs from Greece, Italy and Byzantium.

$11.00 each


Geometric Patterns from Patchwork Quilts
by Robert Field
The author has collected a wonderful set of designs from modern patchwork quilts, illustrated in full color plus designs from Greece, Italy and Byzantium.

$11.00 each


Geometric Patterns from Roman Mosaics
by Robert Field
The author has collected a wonderful set of designs from modern patchwork quilts, illustrated in full color plus designs from Greece, Italy and Byzantium.

$11.00 each


Geometric Patterns from Tiles & Brickwork
by Robert Field
The author has collected a wonderful set of designs from modern patchwork quilts, illustrated in full color plus designs from Greece, Italy and Byzantium.

$11.00 each


To Infinity and Beyond
by Eli Maor Art
Eli Maor examines the role of infinity in mathematics and geometry and its cultural impact on the arts and sciences. He evokes the profound intellectual impact the infinite has exercised on the human mind He explores the idea of infinity in mathematics and in art. Beautiful color plates.

$24.95


Knotwork and Spirals: A Celtic Art Workbook
by Courtney Davis
16 pages in color & 64 b/w illustrations! Dozens of patterns--some adapted from manuscripts and stone crosses, others from rough sketches that are gradually refined--are presented in a workbook format. (8 1/2 x 11).The history of many of the patterns is included giving the reader the original source of the artwork. The illustrations are large, clear and very easy to work with, a perfect book for someone interested in Celtic Art.

$9.95


Mathematics Appreciation
by Theoni Pappas
An interesting, very readable compendium of mathematical phenomena.

$10.95


Mathematical Patterns File
by Alan Wiltshire
A stimulating resource for teachers interested in the borders between mathematics and art. Patterns are constructed from "dotty" papers using reflection, tessellations, enlargement, etc. in a most imaginative way.

$15.00


Mathematical Window Patterns
by Wiliam Gibbs
For the teacher of math and/or art, this book is a splendid collection of beautiful patterns which can be created by arranging regular shapes, such as rectangles, so that they overlap in symmetrical ways. Using tinted paper, when the finished design is placed on a window pane, the light shines through the layers revealing the underlying structure in a most attractive way. Full descriptions and plans are included.

$15.00


The Music of Reason : Experience the Beauty of Mathematics Through Quotations
by Theoni Pappas
Learn what Alice in Wonderland, Albert Einstein, William Shakespeare, Mae West, Plato and others have to say about mathematics. The Music of Reason is a compendium of profound and profane thoughts on mathematics by mathematicians, scientists, authors and artists. This collection of quotes is a mixed bag of the humorous and the philosophical is a thought-provoking sampler on mathematics, dealing with mathematics and the imaginations, the arts, history, nature, numbers, sciences, computers and much...

$9.95


Polysymmetrics
by June Oliver
The art of making geometric patterns.

$13.00


The Brooklyn Bridge: part of The Wonders of the World Series
by Elizabeth Mann
For all grammar school students grades 4-8. The author has done several books on great construction projects. Since you cannot build without a foundation in mathematics, these books may help to answer the question—"Why do I need to study math." These are the stories of how great structures were built. The series is a great resource for the classroom. All are fully and beautifully illustrated. This book is the story of how the great bridge was built. It is a classic tale of struggle and triumph, told in a manner that will excite, fascinate, and inspire, all the more so because every word is true. 36 illustrations, prints, photos plus 2 gatefolds.

$22.95


The Great Pyramids: part of The Wonders of the World Series
by Elizabeth Mann
For all grammar school students grades 4-8. The author has done several books on great construction projects. Since you cannot build without a foundation in mathematics, these books may help to answer the question—"Why do I need to study math." These are the stories of how great structures were built. The series is a great resource for the classroom. All are fully and beautifully illustrated. Nearly 50 stories high, the Great Pyramid was built more than 4,500 years ago, made from over 2,300,000 giant stone blocks hauled into place by ordinary laborers led by very knowledgable engineers. 44 illustrations and photos. Double gatefolds.

$22.95


The Great Wall: part of The Wonders of the World Series
by Elizabeth Mann
For all grammar school students grades 4-8. The author has done several books on great construction projects. Since you cannot build without a foundation in mathematics, these books may help to answer the question—"Why do I need to study math." These are the stories of how great structures were built. The series is a great resource for the classroom. All are fully and beautifully illustrated. The author focuses on the history behind the building, of the Great Wall of China. Detailed illustrations chronicle the Chinese people's attempts to foil violence by erecting the Wall. Millions of Chinese lugged stones, day in and day out, for over 200 years, to build the structure 30 feet high over thousands of miles. Amazing! Did you know that it is the only man-made structure visible from outer space? Aimed at the grammar school crowd, it is very readable and very informative.

$22.95


The Hoover Dam: The Story of Hard Times, Tough People and the Taming of a Wild River: part of The Wonders of the World Series
by Elizabeth Mann
For all grammar school students grades 4-8. The author has done several books on great construction projects. Since you cannot build without a foundation in mathematics, these books may help to answer the question—"Why do I need to study math." These are the stories of how great structures were built. The series is a great resource for the classroom. All are fully and beautifully illustrated. This book is an epic tale of adventure and danger. At times from March 11, 1931, to February 29, 1936, more than 5000 men worked on the dam, often risking and sometimes losing their lives. There are brief written contributions by workers and their families. As always in this series, the illustrations add enormously to the text. A labeled double gatefold shows the dam site in 1934, at the height of activity. A wonderfully readable, well-organized book filled with fascinating detail.

$22.95


Macchu Picchu:The Story of the Amazing Incas and Their City in the Clouds: part of The Wonders of the World Series
by Elizabeth Mann
For all grammar school students grades 4-8. The author has done several books on great construction projects. Since you cannot build without a foundation in mathematics, these books may help to answer the question—"Why do I need to study math." These are the stories of how great structures were built. The series is a great resource for the classroom. All are fully and beautifully illustrated. Macchu Picchu is a city, high in the Andes Mountains, made out of stone carved with primitive tools. It was rediscovered in 1911 by Hiram Bingham. The author deals with the questions about people who celebrated rocks as sacred, thought strips of finely woven cloth were more precious than gold, administered a vast empire without knowledge of money or writing, and sacrificed children on mountain peaks. The author explains how the various parts of the empire were conquered and shaped into a whole; how roads were built; and how means of communication developed.

$22.95


The Panama Canal: part of The Wonders of the World Series
by Elizabeth Mann
For all grammar school students grades 4-8. The author has done several books on great construction projects. Since you cannot build without a foundation in mathematics, these books may help to answer the question—"Why do I need to study math." These are the stories of how great structures were built. The series is a great resource for the classroom. All are fully and beautifully illustrated. The story of the Panama Canal is a story of politics, engineering, and medicine. America poured thousands of workers and millions of dollars into the enterprise. Rangel's lavish full-color illustrations capture the immense scale of the canal's construction, from the damming of the Chagres River to the construction of the locks. There is a four-page, fold-out spread. A great resource for the classroom. The pictures capture all the beauty and the technological marvel of the canal. There are maps and an index.

$22.95


The Roman Coliseum: part of The Wonders of the World Series
by Elizabeth Mann
For all grammar school students grades 4-8. The author has done several books on great construction projects. Since you cannot build without a foundation in mathematics, these books may help to answer the question—"Why do I need to study math." These are the stories of how great structures were built. The series is a great resource for the classroom. All are fully and beautifully illustrated. This narrative interweaves the impressive story of the construction of this remarkable building and the sobering tale of the "games" that went on inside it. In doing so, it reveals an entire civilization in all its genius and its brutality. It was one of the most extraordinary buildings in the ancient world, a work of engineering genius whose design is imitated every time a modern stadium is built.

$22.95


Thirty Bridges
by Matthew Wells
Starting with a capsule history propounding the author's theory of progress in bridge construction from ancient times to the present, the author moves on to profile each bridge in multi-page spreads. An examination of each bridge's construction history, structural systems, and aesthetics is supplemented with photos, drawings, and plans. Each bridge is displayed in full, lavish color, while the accompanying text, drawings, and details demonstrate how the bridge is constructed and what innovative design and engineering features it incorporates.

$50.00