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ERIC Number: EJ779070
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0045-0685
In Search of Beauty
Hyde, Hartley
Australian Mathematics Teacher, v63 n4 p28-30 2007
In 1854 the German scientist Zeising claimed that the ratio of a person's height to the height of their navel is in the same ratio as the Golden Ratio ([phi] = 1.62). There is so much hype about the Golden Ratio that it is worth reading an article at It explains why some of the more far-fetched ideas are actually true and why some suggestions, such as Zeising's, gain credibility. One answer has been provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The ABS wishes to see its statistics widely used as it contributes to its mission of "assisting and encouraging informed decision making, research and discussion." It therefore takes quite seriously the task of educating, and assisting those who educate, about statistics. In this article, the author talks about the well designed and user friendly website of ABS. Of particular interest to teachers is the Census At School section of their website Teachers can ask students from Years 5 to 12 to go online and answer a series of questions about themselves. The ABS keeps a database of the responses and anyone can go online and download a random sample of those responses. Teachers can also download very useful materials such as question sheets that help their students work through and understand the data they download.
Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers (AAMT). GPO Box 1729, Adelaide,5001, South Australia. Tel: +61-8-8363-0288; Fax: +61-8-8362-9288; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia