“Without Mathematics there is no art” – Luca Pacioli
The Golden Ratio is often referred to as Nature’s great mystery. Euclid and Pythagoras both hypothesized about the origin, evolution and hidden meaning of this geometric proportion.
The Golden Ratio is found in the work of Leonardo Da Vinci, Dali, Mondrian and many other great artists. It is also found in the work of notable architects such as Le Corbusier.
The Golden Ratio is also referred to as a universal law in all forms of nature. The philosopher, Adolf Zeising found the existence of the Golden Ratio in phenomena ranging from the human skeleton to a Nautilus shell.
The Golden Rectangle in the image, derives its name from the fact that the height is 1.1.618 times higher than the width. The images of the earth are placed on the cusp of each square which have been created using the Fibonacci sequence.
The sequence begins with 2 small squares of size 1 next to each other. On the top of these 2 squares we drew a square of size 2(1 + 1). We then created squares in sequence by adding up the size of the 2 previous squares. This creates a mathematical and artistically pleasing shape. It has been suggested that the human brain computes this shape at incredible speed which is why we find viewing perfect rectangles strangely pleasurable.
The Rectangle is often said to be the most aesthetically pleasing shape in existence.
What we do know about the Golden Ratio, Golden Section and Fibonacci is that it’s inherent secret will still be fascinating artists, mathematicians and philosophers, centuries from now. I will leave you, not with a quotation from an artist but from the most eminent scientist of the 20th Century.
“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.” – Albert Einstein.
If you have any comments about the Golden Ratio or indeed the image or article, I would be delighted to hear from you.
My name is Steve Howard. You have been reading the digital circus.