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Livio, M (2002)

The Golden Ratio: The Story of Phi, the World’s Most Astonishing Number

New York: Broadway Books, pp. 232-236.

ISSN/ISBN: 9780307485526 DOI: Not available at this time.

Abstract: COVERTEXT: In this fascinating book, Mario Livio tells the tale of the number PHI, or 1.6180339887. This curious mathematical relationship, widely known as the "golden ratio", was defined by Euclid more than two-thousend years ago because of its crucial role in the construction of the pentagram, to which magical properties had been attributed. Since then it has appeared in the most astonishing variety of places - from mollusk shells, sunflower florets, and the crystalls of some materials, to the shape of galaxies. It has been asserted that the creators of the Pyramids and the Parthenon employed it; it is believed to feature in works of art from Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" to Salvador Dali's "Sacrament of the last supper"; and it is supposedly connected to the behavior of the stock market. "The golden ratio" also tells the human story of numerous PHI-fixated individuals, from the followers of Pythagoras to astronomer Johannes Kepler to modern figures like Debussy, LeCorbusier and Bartok. Wherever his quest for the meaning of PHI takes him, Mario Livio reveals the world as a place where order, beauty, and eternal mystery will always coexist.

@book{, title={The golden ratio: The story of phi, the world's most astonishing number}, author={Livio, Mario}, year={2008}, publisher={Broadway Books}, pages={232--236}, ISBN={9780307485526}, }

Reference Type: Book

Subject Area(s): General Interest