Kenneth MacLean is a writer and researcher living in Ann Arbor, Michigan, home of the Michigan Wolverines. He has authored eight books, dozens of essays, and four flash movies. Contact: kmaclean@kjmaclean. com Website: http: //www.kjmaclean.com/
I was a little worried when I first agreed to review this book
because, even though I loved Geometry in school, it has been
several years since I took the class. But I found "A Geometric
Analysis of the Platonic Solids and Other Semi-Regular
Polyhedra" to be very reader-friendly. The author's
enthusiastic approach to geometry immediately drew me in. The
definitions and the clearly-defined illustrations (over 140
throughout the book) also brought me up-to-speed very quickly. This
book is an excellent resource for those studying geometry and I
wish that something like this had been available to me when I was
The author introduces a geometric explanation of Phi Ratio, the Fibonacci Series and the Pentagon. I was particularly fascinated with the Fibonacci Series and its relationship to nature. Once you really start understanding the sequence of the Fibonacci Series it becomes really obvious in many life forms from plants to shells to the human body. It repeatedly shows the incredible intelligence behind every form of life on this planet and that nothing is created randomly. The book also includes an investigation of the five Platonic Solids and other prominent polyhedra. Each theory includes very detailed reference charts and diagrams.
The author states that "A Geometric Analysis of the Platonic Solids and Other Semi-Regular Polyhedra" is for teachers, researchers and the Generally Curious. As one of the Generally Curious I found this to be an excellent book and would recommend it to anyone who is studying Geometry or has an interest in Math. The Prerequisites listed are: knowledge of simple algebra and elementary trigonometry. No brainiac math skills required! You only need the ability to appreciate nature's own logic. I applaud the author's fascinating approach to this topic.
-- Cherie Fisher for Reader Views