The Golden Section: Nature’s Greatest Secret

The Golden Section Nature s Greatest Secret The Golden Section otherwise known as phi the golden mean or the golden ratio is one of the most elegant and beautiful rations in the universe Defined as a line segment divided into two unequal part

  • Title: The Golden Section: Nature’s Greatest Secret
  • Author: Scott Olsen
  • ISBN: 9780802715395
  • Page: 299
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Golden Section otherwise known as phi, the golden mean, or the golden ratio is one of the most elegant and beautiful rations in the universe.Defined as a line segment divided into two unequal parts, such that the ratio of the shorter portion to the longer portion is the same as the ratio of the longer portion to the whole, it pops up throughout nature in water, DNA, thThe Golden Section otherwise known as phi, the golden mean, or the golden ratio is one of the most elegant and beautiful rations in the universe.Defined as a line segment divided into two unequal parts, such that the ratio of the shorter portion to the longer portion is the same as the ratio of the longer portion to the whole, it pops up throughout nature in water, DNA, the proportions of fish and butterflies, and the number of teeth we possess as well as in art and architecture, music, philosophy, science, and mathematics.Beautifully illustrated, The Golden Section tells the story of this remarkable construct and its wide ranging impact on civilization and the natural world.

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    1. If you want a book that stimulates and stretches the brain and imagination, this is one I recommend You ll delve into what Plato and Da Vinci and others knew about the structure of nature, art, and the universe This explains the workings of Phi in fibinacci, Lucas, pathagorean, and the indefinite dyad number patterns The patterns of symmetry and asymmetry are discussed in everything from DNA, leaf structure, planetary orbits, insects, our body, water, music, art, architecture, and However, I th [...]

    2. just requested ILL library bought it Wow, let s do that again Donkey from ShrekSometimes a book is much better than you thought it could be, and what a wonderful surprise Only a math geek like me would call this rollicking good fun, but even the math haters would find this lovely, beautiful and eye opening You see, math is simply the language of the Universe, and we re all a part of its beauty.

    3. Scott spoke at the south central retreat of the Theosophical Society in May Fascinating speaker First guy who every explained Fibonacci numbers and sacred geometry in a way that made sense.

    4. A nice intro to the subject, with very good illustrations.

    5. a slim work in the wooden books series, the golden section offers a very cursory introduction into the golden ratio, aka the golden mean or , phi considering the fibonacci sequence on the way, as well scott olsen traces the history of the golden ratio, as well as its preponderance throughout nature, science, art, architecture, aesthetics, music, and mathematics as with other books in the series, while beautifully illustrated, it is light on actual substance jacket copy describesthe golden sectio [...]

    6. Brilliant introduction to The Golden Mean, its application in architecture and discoveries in nature A mathematician I m not so the numbers were off putting at first, but once I did a crude sketch or two myself I was up and running with the program Truly an amazing phenomenon and I m fascinated It gave me a grasp of how minute we are in this vast universe and in the words of Monty Python, How amazingly unlikely was our birth Some of the illustration s corresponding reference numbers and letters [...]

    7. e ak N dhera Zlat Rez, jedn m mahom veden rovno cez krk Sv t ho Fibona iho Alebo aj in mi slovami Predra en , Mysteri zny, piri u lne zlatan n rez, skrz naskrz cez geometrick , numerick aj harmonick prdel V ehom ra Au Budha kal t lo je oko Ve stavu kvantov koherence vyvolan p tomnosti taj f , asi e pod a p vodn ho f ha je mo n za t sam dh , v domou kosmickou identifikaci s v dom m sam ho vesm ru.A pr v v tom spo va ono z hadn tajemstv p rody Zlat ez je vetk n do sam struktury na existence a posk [...]

    8. Fascinating little book with great illustrations that demonstrate the crossroads where art and science meet Specific shapes and proportions occur throughout nature, and these have been imitated by the great artists down the ages I now understand Fibonacci numbers for the first time in my life, and why that series is important Readers of this book will subsequently look at everything from flowering plants to animal faces to recognize geometrical forms in faces and bodies, and repeating series of [...]

    9. I believe this is a great book, but I gave it three stars, because I did not understand a lot of it As much as I love the concept of sacred geometry, I am confused with the philosophy of the geometry and arithmetic it is based on I did, however, finally grasp the Fibonacci Sequencelly And for that, the read was worth it The book is highly illustrated with classical and contemporary images of art they are beautiful to look at, even if the reader cannot fully appreciate the sequencing of the golde [...]

    10. I discovered these books at our local science museum s gift shop, and fell in love with them Each takes a particular mathematical idea and shows how it works, shares the story of its origins, and details the meaning it has had for various cultures through history The illustrations all sepia black and white are intricate and sufficiently well designed to draw even a math fearing reader in, purely for the visual enjoyment factor I don t have copies of these yet.Someday.

    11. Loved it I love math, I love geometry, and I love nature so this book was perfect It quickly and easily explained the golden mean s appearance in nature,the galaxy and in us.I did have to do a little bit of research on wiki to fully understand how to compute phi before I could go on with the book, but after that it was a great read.It totally reinforced the quote, Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe by Galileo Galilei.

    12. Very interesting though I may need to read it again in the future The first few pages offered a lot to chew on and I know I didn t fully comprehend the formulas That s the only reason I gave it 3 stars which, to be fair could be my inability to comprehend than the author s ability to explain The later pages offered examples I could follow fairly well.

    13. A small book that made me want to know about math and its applications I think it is designed to whet the appetite of the curious by itself the book does not really tell you much Each two facing pages give an overview about the golden section and its many manifestations, and I thought that was pretty damn cool.This is a keeper, but now to find some real math books.

    14. The information on the Fibonacci numbers and the Golden Section was fascinating, and the Olsen s presentation was well done I personally wish he had referenced a few outside authors than he did, and the New Age nonsense at the end was beyond strange for a fact book, but overall it was a decent book to look up on the subject.

    15. A short read, but a very enlightening one This book combines mysticism and science while quoting people like Plato and Leonardo Da Vinci It takes a little time to wrap your mind around some of the concepts sometimes, especially if, like me, math troubles you, however the information this book offers is well worth the effort.

    16. Lovely, illustrated little book that provides a to the point introduction to such topics as Phi, Fibonacci Sequence, Phyllotaxis Patters, Lucas Numbers, Spirals, Harmony etc This book is not difficult to understand despite the mathematical contents.

    17. This small book is a fascinating look at the number phi and its influence on mathematics and art Personally I ve always found the notion of a magical number intriguing, and this is about as magical as they get right up there with pi.

    18. Another great title from the Wooden Books series Others that I ve read book show 18 book show 87 book show 31

    19. The Golden Section Nature s Greatest Secret is a nice but short book that teaches about the mystery of the Phi ratio, means, and proportion It covers Phi in the human body and human culture and provides Phi equations, Fibonacci and Lucas formulae and many breath taking illustrations.

    20. I love beauty, and this book or rather the golden section would be enjoyed by anyone who is willing to entertain the idea that beauty is not subjective and anyone can create beauty in their home or their appearance simply by understanding the math of it.

    21. Very interesting and well designed little book on this topic Great overview of other rules of design.

    22. The book simply lists examples of the golden section occurring in nature, from biology to astronomy, in arts and in mathematics Nicely illustrated.

    23. It s a pretty book and starts out with simple explanations of the math Then it goes on to find the golden ration everywhere Even where it s not.

    24. this wooden books series is really great big ideas, small books i learned why Pi is one of the most elegant ratios in the universe.

    25. Nice introduction, but I was looking for something in depth about this topic.

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