Does The Golden Ratio Look Less Beautiful As Numbers?

By Carl Zimmer | May 23, 2008 7:37 pm

golden ratioMilad writes:

“I am a Mechanical Engineering undergrad at UC Berkeley and I got this tattoo about a month ago. It’s the golden ratio in the shape of a rectangle, with the ratio of the sides of the rectangle actually being the golden ratio! I have been obsessed with this number since I heard about it in high school, and it is the reason why I became so fascinated with mathematics. The golden ratio is known to be the closest mathematical explanation of beauty. It has been used a lot in architecture, art, and music around the world, and has some amazing mathematical and geometrical properties.” Carl: Like DNA and atoms, the golden ratio is a favorite at the emporium. See these geometrical version.

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Comments (3)

  1. That’s a mighty fine serial number you’ve got there ;)

    Trust an engineer to go for a rectangle instead of a spiral :D

  2. frostfire451

    wouldn’t 1.618 have worked?

  3. RJ

    thats kinda creepy… how much do you think that cost?

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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.

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