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The mistery of the Golden Ratio

The Golden Ratio, also known as the divine proportion, golden mean or golden section, is basically a number represented by Phi (either uppercase Φ or lowercase φ). This number is approximately equal to 1.618 and is present in many things (more than we expect), such as in atoms, music, arts, nature and so on. As you see, it’s just like Pi, but with different values and mysteries. As an example, we can take the Parthenon, in Athens, Greece.

If we take one of these rectangles, divide its width by its height, the result will be approximately equal to the Golden Ration. It can be found in many other places as well:

If we follow the same principle as the one in Pathernon, we find the same value here.

Some people, especially the Greeks, believe that Pythagoras and his followers discovered the Divine Proportion, because their symbol was a regular pentagram with a regular pentagon inscribed within it, which is also a representation of the golden section.

There are many unanswared questions about the Golden Proportion, questions that we might never discover the answers. But, we can be sure about one thing: the nature is perfect.


About Mateus Rodrigues de Morais

A college student pursuing a degree on Computer Engineering and an avid developer. Currently working on some IoT projects with .NET and Microsoft Azure, but certainly open to discover new ways and platforms. I also enjoy listening and making music, as well as, of course, writing.


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