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The Cosmic Dance

Finding patterns and pathways in a chaotic universe

Stephen Ellcock


A visual journey from the minute to the infinite, exploring the relationships and harmonies between all parts of the universe and inspiring personal contemplation regarding our own place within it

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Join renowned image alchemist Stephen Ellcock on a visual journey of arresting and awe-inspiring artworks, from the microscopic to the celestial, drawn from every culture, age and corner of the globe. Wander through the pathways of these remarkable pages and discover correspondences between the most unlikely of subjects, order in the most random-seeming depictions and purpose and meaning in the decorative. Intriguing observations and reflections from artists, writers and scientists, together with clear explanations of complex concepts, complete this beautiful, revelatory and profound odyssey.


'Visually overwhelming, profoundly uplifting … astonishing … Ellcock’s curation of images is a marvel of sympathy … the book’s accompanying text marches you briskly through a magnificent number of the world’s mythologies, religions, philosophies, arts, and sciences, drawing connections and noting similarities'
Julian Gough, Irish Times

'Glorious … there’s great beauty here … The text too is engaging … Only connect, said EM Forster; here’s a mind-blowingly beautiful way to do it'
The Times LUXX

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Book Details

Format: Quarterbound (no jacket)

Size: 23.0 x 16.5 cm

Extent: 256 pp

Illustrations: 307

Publication date: 29 September 2022

ISBN: 9780500252536

Contents List

Preface: Regaining Perspective
Introduction: As Above, So Below
1. The Infinitesimal Universe
2. God in Miniature
3. Divine Proportions
4. In Search of Nirvana
5. And So On To Infinity
Sources of Illustrations
Sources of Quotations

About the Author

Renowned image alchemist Stephen Ellcock is a London-based curator, writer, researcher and online collector of images who has spent the last decade creating an ever-expanding virtual museum of art that is open to all via social media. His ongoing attempt at creating the ultimate social media ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ has so far attracted more than 600,000 followers worldwide.

He is also the author of All Good Things, The Book of Change, England On Fire, with text by Mat Osman, and Jeux de Mains, a collaboration with Cécile Poimboeuf-Koizumi.