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Architecture by numbers JEREMY MELVIN Architectonics of Humanism: Essays on Number in Architecture by Lionel March. Academy Editions (John Wiley), 1999. £24.95

All the ingenuity and diligent detective work which Lionel March achieves in his Architectonics of Humanism depends on one surmise. 'Where are the musicologists or the linguists of architecture?' he asks in the prologue. 'Even the formal studies of languages themselves have far more to offer than vague and shallow metaphors appropriated by architectural apologists.'

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