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The Philosophy of Geometry

“Geometry draws the soul towards truth.” ~ Plato Geometric patterns are a distinguishing feature of Islamic art, thought to reflect the language of the universe & the greatness of creation.

We explore the geometry of Mosque dome interiors & geometry quotes that inspire…

“Mighty is geometry; joined with art, resistless.” ~ Euripides

Dome interior of Registan Mosque, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

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“Algebra is nothing more than geometry, in words; geometry is nothing more than algebra, in pictures.” ~ Sophie Germain

Dome interior of Hafez Tomb, Shiraz, Iran

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“Geometry enlightens the intellect and sets one's mind right.” ~ Ibn Khaldun, 1332-1406

Dome interior of Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Naqsh-i Jahan Square, Esfahan, Iran

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“Music is the arithmetic of sounds as optics is the geometry of light.” ~ Claude Debussy

Dome interior of Nasir Ol Molk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

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“Geometry is one of the handles of science and philosophy.” ~ Xenocrates

Dome interior of Al-Ashrafiya Mosque, Taiz, Yemen

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“The knowledge of which geometry aims is the knowledge of the eternal.” ~ Plato

Dome interior of Nur Astana Mosque, Kazakhstan

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“No employment can be managed without arithmetic, no mechanical invention without geometry.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

Dome interior of Mosque

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“The mathematical sciences particularly exhibit order symmetry and limitations; and these are the greatest forms of the beautiful.” ~ Aristotle

Dome interior of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem, Palestine

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“Geometry is not true, it is advantageous.” ~ Henri Poincare

Dome interior of The Putra Mosque, Putrajaya, Malaysia

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“Geometry is the archetype of the beauty of the world.” ~ Johannes Kepler

Dome interior of Tokyo Mosque (東京ジャーミイ), Ōyama-chō district of Shibuya ward in Tokyo, Japan

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“Geometry is the only science that it hath pleased God hitherto to bestow on mankind.” ~ Thomas Hobbes

Dome interior of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

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“It is through geometry that one purifies the eye of the soul.” ~ Plato

Dome interior of Altunizade Camii / Altunizade Mosque, Turkiye

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“The description of right lines and circles, upon which geometry is founded, belongs to mechanics. Geometry does not teach us to draw these lines, but requires them to be drawn.” ~ Isaac Newton

Dome interior of Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Oman

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“There is geometry in the humming of the strings, there is music in the spacing of the spheres.” ~ Pythagoras

Dome interior of The Great Mosque of Touba

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“Geometry is the rules of all mental investigation” ~ Mikhail Lomonosov

Dome interior of the Kadırga Sokullu Mehmet Paşa Mosque, Turkiye

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“Music is geometry in time.” ~ Arthur Honegger

Dome interior of The Shah Jahan Mosque, Thatta, Pakistan

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“Writing is the geometry of the soul.” ~ Plato

Dome interior of Mazari Sharif, Afghanistan

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“In order to give meaning to the world, one has to feel oneself involved in what he frames. This attitude requires concentration, a discipline of mind, sensitivity, and a sense of geometry.” ~ Henri Cartier-Bresson

Dome interior of Shahi Mosque Chiniot, Pakistan

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“Geometry is the foundation of all painting.” ~ Albrecht Durer

Dome interior of Malek Mosque, Kerman, Iran

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