Guest blog from Tai Carmen at Parallax.Parallax: exploring the architecture of human perception
“There is a special ratio that can be used to describe the proportions of everything from nature’s smallest building blocks, such as atoms, to the most advanced patterns in the universe, such as unimaginably large celestial bodies.” Justin Kuepper
“The man who speaks with primordial images speaks with a thousand tongues.” Carl Jung
The Golden Ratio — also known as the Golden Mean, Phi, or the Divine Proportion — has inspired the imagination of artists, mystics, and mathematicians for centuries.
The proportion is derived from something known as the Fibonacci sequence – an arrangement of numbers wherein each succeeding term is simply the sum of the two preceding terms (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, etc.) The Fibonacci Sequence forms the basis for our Golden Ratio — 1.618 — a proportion which recurs with amazing consistency throughout the natural world.
For instance, sunflowers, which have opposing spirals of seeds, utilize the Fibonacci sequence to most efficiently distribute their seeds in the most compact space.
Ancient Greek philosopher and geometer Pythagoras is thought to be the first to have determined that human proportions themselves corresponded with the Golden Mean — later revisited by Leonardo da Vinci, most famously explored in The Vitruvian Man sketch.href="http://taicarmen.wordpress.com/2011/03/">