Magazine article The Spectator

Patterns in the Universe

Magazine article The Spectator

Patterns in the Universe

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HOW THE WORLD IS MADE: THE STORY OF CREATION ACCORDING TO SACRED GEOMETRY

by John Michell

Thames & Hudson, £24.95, pp. 272, ISBN 9780500515105

£19.96 (plus £2.45 p&p) 0870 429 6655

This is John Michell's last book, completed soon before he died in April last year. He regarded it as his magnum opus, summarising the principles of geometry that had preoccupied him for decades. I knew him for 25 years, but not until I read this book did I realise how coherent his vision had been, linking together archaeology, Platonic philosophy, mythology, art, cosmology and prophecy.

Michell's central theme is the geometrical order underlying the world, but he makes no claim to absolute truth, nor does he expect to find it in science:There is no compelling reason to believe absolutely in any particular theory of origins . . .

The existence of so many equal but opposite experts each with his or her own idea about the origin and nature of the universe demonstrates that on these essential questions nothing at all is known - for certain. …

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