Other Publications

SYMMETRY: The Ordering Principle

Wooden Books, 2006

‘Why on earth do cars have the same symmetry as dragonflies? Is there really a beautiful swirling pattern lurking in every dripping tap? What do insect eggs have in common with planets, and why?’

LI: Dynamic Form in Nature

Wooden Books, 2007

‘Why does Nature use the same special patterns over and over again? What are the main families of natural design? How are they formed? Did the ancient Chinese really study this subtle and elegant subject?’

CRYSTAL & DRAGON: The Cosmic Dance of Symmetry & Chaos in Nature, Art & Consciousness

Green Books, (Destiny Books in U.S.), 1993

‘We live in a world of necessary dualities: light and darkness, reason and romance, order and chaos. From Plato’s conception of the ideal form and the ancient Taoist philosophy of change to the modern scientific view of structure and indeterminacy as embodied in the laws of physics, this book shows how these dualities can be alternately characterised in terms of the rigidly structured and ordered ‘crystal’, and the flowing and mutable ‘dragon’. It also investigates how changing perceptions about the nature of the universe have informed the art of their times: the form and fluidity of primitive art, the crystalline order of Islamic patterns, and the subtlety and vitality of Chinese landscapes and calligraphy.’


Wildwood House, (Van Nostrand in U.S.), 1982 (Out of Print)

‘This book contains over 500 timeless and traditional geometric patterns, plus 200 borders from many different cultural sources. The majority are built up of straight lines (with the occasional use of a compass), all are based on a simple, underlying grid.’


Studio Vista, (The Overlook Press U.S.), 1976 (Out of Print)

‘The art of Islam attained one of its most characteristic forms in elaborate, highly articulated geometric patterns. This art, familiar from mosques throughout the Islamic world, has been developed to a great beauty and complexity across the centuries by dedicated but anonymous artists. The results rank among the highest pinnacles of art anywhere. This book is a thorough study of the intricacies of these forms.’