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ERIC Number: EJ938137
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-0746-8342
The Golden Ratio--A Contrary Viewpoint
Falbo, Clement
College Mathematics Journal, v36 n2 p123-134 Mar 2005
Many assertions about the occurrence of the golden ratio phi in art, architecture, and nature have been shown to be false, unsupported, or misleading. For instance, we show that the spirals found in sea shells, in particular the "Nautilus pompilius," are not in the shape of the golden ratio, as is often claimed. Some of the most interesting properties of phi turn out to be shared by entire families of numbers. On the other hand, phi is not without interest: it is often the simplest number that has a given property, and we look at examples of this.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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