posted on Jul, 30 2017 @ 12:53 PM
Geometry is especially associated with Classical Greece and such illustrious figures as , and , who Pythagoras Plato Euclid wrote the first actual
textbook on the subject, the aforementioned Elements. Geometry has also been held in particular reverence and high esteem by the ancient order of
Freemasons, which, of course, hearkens back to the great Cathedral of the 12th through the 14th centuries, from whom modern Masons derive their
Building era From the foregoing is should be obvious that geometry was, and is, closely associated with Architecture, that great manuscript of the
human race, which provided the first and primary vehicle for the human employment of geometry. That it is closely associated with Art, Music and
Handicraft is obvious as well to the student of the history of these subjects.
Ultimately, it must be appreciated that it was apparent to archaic peoples, as it is becoming increasingly apparent to contemporary students of the
subject, that geometry is intrinsic to the very order of Nature itself, both biological and cosmic, and, now, thanks to scientific inquiry, the
realization dawns that geometry lies at the basis of the molecular and atomic levels of creation.
The word Geometry itself means which definition is generally attributed to the fact that the ancient ‘Earth measure,’ Egyptians regularly
utilized geometry to resurvey the fertile farmlands of the Nile river floodplain in late summer, after existing boundaries were buried by the
deposition of thick layers of alluvium from the annual flooding of the river.
However, I would suggest the possibility that the idea of ‘Earth measure’ applied not only to the local measure of tracts of agricultural land in
Egypt, but also on a much larger scale, literally, to the measure of the Earth itself, in a geodetic sense. More on that compelling idea later.
Anecdote has it that over the entrance to Plato’s Academy was inscribed the phrase “Let none enter here who are Whether or not this is a
historical fact, the idea should make sense to anyone who has ignorant of geometry.” attempted to ascend the heights of metaphysical experience and
knowledge, that a form of mental training designed to develop the rational faculties and the reasoning ability to high levels of proficiency, would be
a prerequisite for successful completion of the metaphysical journey and avoidance of the many traps, snares and pitfalls that await the inattentive
pilgrim who presumes to tread the path of knowledge. An old Masonic lecture from several centuries ago states:
“If we consider the symmetry and order which govern all the works of creation, we must admit that geometry pervades the universe…By geometry we
may curiously trace nature through her various windings to her most concealed recesses; by it we discover how the planets move in their respective
orbits and demonstrate their various revolutions; by it we account for the return of the seasons and the variety of the scenes which each season
displays to the discerning eye. By it we discover the power, wisdom and goodness of the Grand Artificer of the Universe and view with delight the
proportions which connect the vast machine…”