Reading Craft Book Discussion: Karyl Sisson June 20, 6:30pm
Thursday, June 20, 2019
6:30pm: Light refreshments
7pm: Discussion begins
Join the Craft in America Center in discussing books relating to our current exhibition Karyl Sisson: Fissures and Connections
We will be discussing A Beginner’s Guide to Constructing the Universe and Living Images: Biological Microstructures Revealed by Scanning Electron Microscopy, both of which can be found in our library, which is open to the public Tuesdays- Saturdays from 12-6pm.
About A Beginner’s Guide to Constructing the Universe: Michael Schneider leads us on a spectacular, lavishly illustrated journey along the numbers one through ten to explore the mathematical principles made visible in flowers, shells, crystals, plants, and the human body, expressed in the symbolic language of folk sayings and fairy tales, myth and religion, art and architecture. This is a new view of mathematics, not the one we learned at school but a comprehensive guide to the patterns that recur through the universe and underlie human affairs. A Beginner’s Guide to Constructing, the Universe shows you:
- Why cans, pizza, and manhole covers are round.
- Why one and two weren’t considered numbers by the ancient Greeks.
- Why squares show up so often in goddess art and board games.
- What property makes the spiral the most widespread shape in nature, from embryos and hair curls to hurricanes and galaxies.
- How the human body shares the design of a bean plant and the solar system.
- How a snowflake is like Stonehenge, and a beehive like a calendar.
- How our ten fingers hold the secrets of both a lobster and a cathedral.
- And much more.
About Living Images: Biological Microstructures Revealed by Scanning Electron Microscopy by Gene Shih and Richard Kessel: Over 350 photographs taken with the scanning electron microscope make up a stunning and aesthetic collection of some of the best work of its kind ever published. See plants, animals, and microorganisms magnified up to 25,000 times. In story line sequence, each beautifully-reproduced micrograph is identified and described briefly in nontechnical language so this book can be appreciated and understood by laypersons and students alike.
All are welcome to visit our library to view copies of the books in advance. Please reserve your spot at firstname.lastname@example.org