Saturday, December 17, 2016


I believe in the Chaos theory as far as evolution, climate change and human behavior goes.   But, there is an overall mathematical order to the universe that can only be denied by Republicans, Religious fundamentalist and morons.  

There is a proportion known as the Golden Ratio that has been discovered and rediscovered many times.

A line divided at a point where the large section divided by the small section equals the overall length of the line divided by the large section. The mathematical result is 1.618…to infinity – known as phi or the Golden Ratio.

The great pyramids construction conforms to the Golden Ratio, as does the Parthenon.  

The Golden Ratio is also found in DaVinci’s paintings of The Last Supper, the Vitruvian Man, and the Mona Lisa.

About the year 1200 a mathematician named Fibonacci proposed a number sequence that seems to be the basis of the Golden Ratio.  

If you begin with 1+1 and then add adjacent numbers in sequence you get: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 54…    And if you divide adjacent numbers you get an approximation of the 1.618….  the Golden Ratio. 

And so on….  
The Golden Ratio appears throughout nature.   The adjacent joints of the fingers correspond to the Ratio; the length of the finger to the connection to the wrist; the distance from the navel to the floor and the floor to the top of the head; segment of insects all correspond to the Golden Ratio. 

The unique thing about the Fibonacci numbers is that if you display them graphically and connect the intersecting points you end up with the Golden Spiral.

The Golden Spiral appears throughout nature:  Many seed heads like the sunflower display the Golden Spiral. The seed cavities of pine cones and even the molecular measurement in a full cycle of the double helix spiral of DNA all correspond to the Golden Ratio and the Fibonacci numbers. 

Many sea shells; spiral galaxies like our Milky Way; and even hurricanes all form the mathematics Golden Spiral.

What brought all this math geek on?  My wife, knowing that I like math, gave me a necklace with a sea shell portion that produced the Golden Spiral.

the Ol'Buzzard

1 comment:

  1. you lost me at mathematical.
    all though I did know all that stuff about spirals and ratio's from Dan Brown's book who's title wont come to me.


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