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# What are some real life example of the Golden Ratio?

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2008-02-26 14:36:48

You read about all the math related aspects of the golden ratio, and now you want to see it applied to real life, right? Well, you already know about various ways the golden ratio appears in real life, and you probably haven't even thought about it at all! ---- One of the first peoples to use the golden ratio in their art, architecture, and other aspects of daily life was the Egyptians. They called the golden ratio the "sacred ratio" and used it in their hieroglyphics and pyramids, as well as other monuments to the dead. ---- The sides of the Egyptian pyramids were golden triangles. Additionally, the three-four-five triangle is a golden ratio between the five unit side and the three unit side. The Egyptians considered this kind of right triangle extremely important and used it also in the pyramids. ---- ---- The Egyptian hieroglyphics also contained many proportions based on the golden ratio. The letter h, for example, is the golden spiral. Additionally, p and sh are created using golden rectangles ---- However, the use and occurance of the Golden Ratio in aesthetics doesn't end with the ancient Egyptians. It was used by the Pythagoreans, Greeks, Romans, and artists during the Renaissance. ---- The frequent appearance of the Golden Ratio in the arts over thousands of years presents us with an interesting question: Do we surround ourselves with the Golden Ratio because we find it aesthetically pleasing, or do we find it aesthetically pleasing because we are surrounded by it?

In the 1930's, New York's Pratt Institute laid out rectangular frames of different proportions, and asked several hundred art students to choose which they found most pleasing. The winner? The one with Golden Ratio proportions.

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2008-02-26 14:36:48
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