By Mario Livio
All through historical past, thinkers from mathematicians to theologians have meditated the mysterious courting among numbers and the character of truth. during this attention-grabbing booklet, Mario Livio tells the story of a bunch on the middle of that secret: phi, or 1.6180339887...This curious mathematical dating, well known as "The Golden Ratio," used to be stumbled on via Euclid greater than thousand years in the past due to its an important position within the building of the pentagram, to which magical homes have been attributed. in view that then it has proven a propensity to seem within the such a lot marvelous number of locations, from mollusk shells, sunflower florets, and rose petals to the form of the galaxy. mental stories have investigated no matter if the Golden Ratio is the main aesthetically entertaining share extant, and it's been asserted that the creators of the Pyramids and the Parthenon hired it. it's believed to add in artistic endeavors from Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa to Salvador Dali's The Sacrament of the final Supper, and poets and composers have used it of their works. It has even been discovered to be attached to the habit of the inventory market!
The Golden Ratio is a charming trip via paintings and structure, botany and biology, physics and arithmetic. It tells the human tale of various phi-fixated members, together with the fans of Pythagoras who believed that this percentage printed the hand of God; astronomer Johannes Kepler, who observed phi because the maximum treasure of geometry; such Renaissance thinkers as mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci of Pisa; and such masters of the fashionable international as Goethe, Cezanne, Bartok, and physicist Roger Penrose. at any place his quest for the which means of phi takes him, Mario Livio unearths the realm as a spot the place order, good looks, and everlasting secret will regularly coexist.