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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.

see http://www.ionone.com/arcgolds.htm

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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