Posted by brian on November 22, 2003 at 13:46:25:
In Reply to: Re: the golden section posted by gpanderson on November 22, 2003 at 11:50:38:
the golden section is a geometric formula that is most understood when drawn. go ahead and draw this by using these directions - it will help give you more of a tactile understanding than just seeing it on a screen. draw a square and then a line down the middle. at the point where the middle line meets the bottom of the square, set the point of a compass. take the pencil and swing an arc from the top right corner toward the bottom right. extend the bottom line to the right to meet the arc and then draw a line up from that point. finally, extend the top line to the newly drawn line. this rectangle is called a golden section. it is derived from a root2 rectangle which is similarly constructed.
in mathematics, it is an elementary formula that some believe to faithfully describe nature. many thoughout history have used its sublime proportion to influence their designs and art.
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