The mysterious golden ratio has guided Egyptians in the construction of the Pyramids and Athenians to erect their imposing architecture.
And the divine proportion is actually everywhere around! But what is it actually?
What is the Golden Ratio?
The golden number is a geometric proportion that has been theorized to be the most aesthetically and pleasing to the eye, unifying vision, thought and movement under a single law of nature’s design.
Also known as the golden mean, it describes a rectangle with a length roughly one and a half times its width.
The golden proportion is the root of countless mysteries over the centuries and has even found echoes in The Da Vinci Code, where Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon tried to unravel its mysteries.
Many artists and architects have fashioned their works around this divine section. For example, the Parthenon in Athens and Leonardo da Vinci’s painting Mona Lisa are commonly cited examples of the ratio.
Prof. Adrian Bejan thinks the golden number pops up everywhere because the eyes scan an image the fastest when it is shaped as a golden-ratio rectangle.
The natural design that connects vision and cognition is a theory that flowing systems evolve in time so that they flow more and more easily.
Johannes Kepler wrote that “the image of man and woman stems from the divine proportion. In my opinion, the propagation of plants and the progenitive acts of animals are in the same ratio.“
The psychologist Adolf Zeising noted that the golden ratio appeared in phyllotaxis and argued from these patterns in nature that the golden ratio was a universal law.
In 2010, the journal Science reported that the golden ratio is present at the atomic scale in the magnetic resonance of spins in cobalt niobate crystals.
The Golden ratio is everywhere, from space to atoms in science, in plants, humans and animals in nature as well as in music, art and architecture! More mysterious geometry news on Strange Sounds or Steve Quayle.