What is the Golden Ratio?

What is the Golden Ratio

The Golden Ratio is an amazing feature of nature and is one of those few things loved by analytical mathematicians, creative designers and research led scientists alike.

The mathematical way in which The Golden Ratio is created is called the Fibonacci sequence, which goes something like this:

0, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55 and so on….

and it is worked out in this way:

0+1=1, 1+1=2, 1+2=3, 2+3=5, 3+5=8, 5+8=13. 8+13=21, 13+21=34, 21+34=55 and so on…

When you create these number into squares designers started to get interested:

The Golden Ratio Rectangle

Designers realised that using The Golden Ratio of 1.61803 is a great way to create objects that are very pleasing to the eye. Examples being the Apple logo, The Parthenon, The Mona Lisa and the Twitter home page & logo to name a few.

The Golden Ratio 1.61803

Scientists on the world find examples every where from the Solar System right down to the human DNA. It is also found in Hurricanes, Flowers, Trees, Shells, Our Fingers, Our Arms and Face all using The Golden Ratio and Fibonacci sequence.

The Golden Ratio in Nature

The more we look the more we find, it is not by any means a hard and fast rule, however the more we look the more examples we find.

If you would like to search and share your Golden Ratio examples we have created a simple App for you to use.

If you would like to learn more check out these links and video:

https://plus.maths.org/content/golden-ratio-and-aesthetics
http://io9.com/5985588/15-uncanny-examples-of-the-golden-ratio-in-nature
http://www.goldennumber.net/golden-ratio-myth/
http://www.geom.uiuc.edu/~demo5337/s97b/art.htm
http://www.livescience.com/37704-phi-golden-ratio.html