The intersection of mathematics and theology. Implications of a single common mathematical design principle throughout the universe....
|Title||:||The Singing Silence: What the Design of the Universe Tells Us about God|
|Number of Pages||:||64 Pages|
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The Singing Silence: What the Design of the Universe Tells Us about God Reviews
From our CALEB Reviewers:This is a most interesting book. I enjoyed reading it, more than once in fact. However, I would not recommend it to everyone. The author is to be commended on her research and literary style.Bookseller’s Choice – reviewer CALEB Prize
While I hang out with math geeks all the time, I'm not actually one of those people who really "gets it." Nevertheless I had very little difficulty following Anne Hamilton's explanations of how mathematics rears its head constantly in nature, indicating both intelligent and loving design. The Singing Silence also explains how those in the ancient world (and into the Middle Ages) perceived God's math messages... and how they emulated them. My favourite section of the book was when Hamilton explained how the golden ratio (or divine proportion) was used by the "wisemen" from the East to locate a new born king at the time of a conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn and/or a Halley's Comet year. This was absolutely fascinating stuff... which swelled to mind blowing when she added (in the endnotes) her plausible theory about the possible influence of the prophet Daniel in this cross-country trek. Well-researched, clearly written and highly insightful. This is a short work with notes for those who want to dig deeper: notes that are worth the extra time.
I cried when this book arrived from the printer. No one else has ever noticed the design mistake on every left-hand page but I did. I wept.Each one of the full-colour borders was originally designed to conform to the central theme of the book: the mathematical signature across every aspect of creation - the golden ratio. Except, for this, my first self-published book, I didn't know enough about the publishing process to make the whole premise work. It was a steep learning curve!Ok, so design principles aside (which no one ever notices anyway), this is one of my favourites of my own books. What it says isn't original but, because no one has said what it says for centuries, many people find it unusual. Challenging. Thought-provoking. Most of my non-fiction arises out of my fiction. And this is no exception. When I was writing the sequel to Merlin's Wood, I kept having to re-structure totally to keep the book shorter. As I did, I noticed a curious feature - that only one thing remained in each new draft, even though it remained in a different way. It was the golden ratio. The manuscript, still unpublished, was called Balthasar's Star and featured a bit of dodgy mathematics I'd invented called the Mathematics of If. How much effort would it take, I wondered, to 'fix' the dodgy mathematics so that it would be possible to use a five-pointed star to exactly locate the time and vicinity of the birthplace of Jesus in Bethlehem. Stunned to realise that no changes at all were needed, I began to explore the golden ratio throughout nature as well as what mathematicians of the past had thought about it.By the time I realised that most of the gorgeous artistry of medieval times was based on the golden ratio, I decided I wanted to write a book about the mathematics of creation that looked like a modern update of an illuminated manuscript. Hence my weeping when I realised the illustrations were all out of position.That's why the The Singing Silence is so very different. If I did it again, I'd link the golden ratio in creation to the golden ratio design in the Hebrew wording of Genesis as described in David Howlett's British Books in Biblical Style.
Starting from the premise that designers and craftspeople always leave a discrete personal mark on everything they create, Australian mathematics teacher and lover medieval literature, Anne Hamilton, went looking for the signature of God in his creation.Taking its title from Psalm 19:1-3, this small, fascinating and beautifully illustrated book takes readers on a journey through subjects as varied as history, philosophy, literature, architecture, mathematics, art, nature and anatomy as Hamilton traces God’s signature in the mathematical ratio of 0.6187 to 1 (the Golden Ratio) throughout the universe. The book is packed with examples, e.g. the whorls of sea shells, the ratio of pine cone scales, the spiral of a whirlwind found in space, the dimensions of Da Vinci’s Viturian Man, or the size relationship between one tooth and the next, the gyre of a hawk, or eagle, the lost use of the pentagram as a Christian symbol and the connection between the magi of Daniel’s time and the birthplace of Jesus. Hamilton has been meticulous in authenticating her information; the book also includes a number of explanatory end notes.This unusual book won’t appeal to all readers but with its attractive presentation and the subtle way it points to Jesus, it may well also serve as an introduction to faith for others. If it doesn’t appeal to you please don’t dismiss it as irrelevant, as it is far too good to deserve that. PS. If you have ever wondered why bananas are curved, this book has the answer.
A long time ago since I read it, but I found it fascinating. Will have to check back and see if I can find the review and put it up.
A beautifully produced little book, full of deep insights and connections. It helps to have a good grasp of mathematics but is not essential.