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What is The Golden Ratio?

What is the Golden Ratio?

If you ask the average person what the Golden Ration is, also known as the Golden Mean, you will most likely get a look of confusion. Most people will have absolutely no idea what this means.

It really is not their fault, since the Golden Ratio is not really taught in school.

The Golden Ratio.

Golden ratioWhat is the golden ratio you ask? Also known as the Golden Mean, it is a ratio of 1:1.618, that occurs in nature with shocking frequency. This Golden Mean has been used in art and design for thousands of years, and if you have an understanding of it, you will recognize it and it will open your eyes to the world around you. The ancient architects knew this mathematical anomaly that they used it all the time in the great structures that still stand today.

You will see the Golden Ratio in the Great Pyramids, the Parthenon, and even in the Great Wall of China. The ancients figured this out a long time ago and understood the true nature and ease of this formula and used it to build great megalith structures. So why haven't we been taught this in school? I mean I graduated with a Bachelors degree and never even heard anything about this equation.

The Special Number

The 1.61803 number is also seen all over the place when you look at the natural world and the flow of things. Just like when pi was discovered, we thought that this was a unit of measurement that we discovered. However, the ancient Egyptian pyramid builders knew what pi was and also knew what the special number was, and this was thousands of years ago.

The Fibonacci Spiral

Fibonacci Spiral If you're an architect or a painter, then this concept will be very familiar to you. These rectangles are designed such that the length is 1.618 times the width, and you can use them to produce something called a Fibonacci spiral.

So looking at the photo here, you can see the spiral start out in the smallest rectangle and then spiral out to the end of the biggest rectangle. This is seen throughout nature as well, in seashells, flowers, in trees and even in humans. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but with the Fibonacci spiral you can see how this is especially pleasing to the eye.

 


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