13 Mar But in his new book The Golden Ratio, author Mario Livio examines the Cover of The Golden Ratio: The Story of Phi, the World’s Most. Download Citation on ResearchGate | On Jul 13, , Peter Louis Antonelli and others published Mario Livio-The Golden Ratio The Story of PHI, the World’s. THE. GOLDEN. RATIO. The Story of Phi, the World’s Most Astonishing. Number. MARIO LIVIO. BROADWAY BOOKS. New York.

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There are numerous instances of claims of phi related architecture, art, writing, and natural phenomenon, and Livio shows that many of these are not true, or at the very least, conjecture with no solid evidence.

Did you know phi, the square of phi and the reciprocal of phi, all have the same digits to the right of the decimal place?! Jul 17, Jimmy Ele rated it it was amazing Shelves: I appreciated the sensibility Livio showed in this work, specifically in his loyalty to the scientific method.

Connecting the points of the star result in a pentagon. I could follow the mathematical formulas roughly by the mathematical knowledge I gained more than fifteen years ago, but even though I was persistent enough to try to foll A fascinating historical expose about how a single number, phi, has or is believed to have influenced human creation within such different fields as music, art, architecture and, of course, mathematics of different kind.

There is also a section on prime numbers which is just as interesting as the discussion about phi and it provides some of the variety to the book I mentioned.

I find it interesting it is pretty much built upon the mythos of the golden ration that Dan Brown built with the “Da Vinci Code,” but the author goes out of his way to state that he will not cover the mona lisa.

People read this stuff? The Fibonacci series begins 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The protagonists are not edited out as they are in so much mathematical writing – Livio says that he wanted to tell a “good human interest story”, and in this he succeeds.


Quotes from The Golden Ratio Other authors in this genre, such as Amir Aczel can sometimes be guilty of spending too much time on sculpting the biography of a math genre and leaving its concepts severely under-explained.

He is perhaps best known for his book on the irrational number phi: The book was selected by the Washington Post as one of the best books ofand it was also selected as a ” Borders Original Voices” finalist.

Livio says nothing goldenn on Villon, yet Villon has verified his interest and use of the Golden Ratio and geometry on many occasions. This stuff is interesting!

The sequence rhe as follows: All to say, humans will make gods out of anything — even after they think they have given up their gods. Livio does not shy away from the subjective – he scrupulously examines claims that the ability to appreciate the Golden Ratio is hardwired into our perception of beauty – for a peep at his conclusions, read his article The golden ratio and aesthetics in this issue of Plus. On Being with Krista Tippett. Really informative, surprisingly narrative, and a nice, but critical, love letter.

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The book discusses the uniqueness of the ,ivio ratio represented by the Greek letter phi and how it has fascinated and interested mathematicians, scientists, and artists throughout history. Anyone who has taken a high school geometry class has at least a dim hhe of the number called pi, the number expressing the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.

The arrangement of leaves around a branch phytotaxisand the arrangement of the scales on a pinecone, for example.

For almost twenty years Livio has popularized astronomy and mathematics through books, lectures, magazine articles, and radio and television appearances. Aug 03, Mark rated it it was amazing. Livio also sees himself as a bit of a detective, using geometry and timeline analysis to check whether work commonly attributed to Golden Ratio influence is actually of that ilk — and generally, maio isn’t.

But what I got instead was pages and pages of conspiracy theories of phi and the “debunking of it”. Livio also attempts to answer a question with which mathematicians and philosophers have struggled for centuries: Mathematical Association of America.


I was so excited to get this book. Did you say something? And of course there’s Fibonacci and his series of numbers which have a very close relationship to phi.

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Phi’s prevalence is due simple to the nature of cellular gllden and how they relate to this numeral sequence sorry, that is another story — not in this book.

This book is more numerology. The author heeds this warning well.

The author prattels on about Kepler and some of his work and how it related to phi, and then that all of his work was bunk. Also, rxtio book also leaves me wanting to read Livio’s latest book “Is God a Mathematician?

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As well as studying various people it also spends a couple rtio on the presence of irrational numbers or our ability to recognize them in nature.

That is what I felt about most of this book. The discovery, the relevance, the applications and help it provided to the world?

Jan 21, Ryan rated it did not like it. The discovery, the relevance, the applications and help it provided Am I nerd for voluntarily reading this? Images of Rivera’s murals with Golden Ratio grids clearly defined are frequently reproduced in books on the artist. Livio obviously wrote this book with a preconceived idea of what he wanted to be true, and didn’t do any serious research before he wrote it. You might wonder if one number – even such an extraordinary number as Livio claims phi is – could sustain a whole book.

Aug 08, Mikael Lind rated it really liked it Shelves: Livii mean I just don’t buy any of this as meaningful. Anyway, Euclid put it thusly: Apr 04, Bradley rated it liked it Shelves: