Interesting Esoterica

Good stories, pity they're not true

Article by Devlin, Keith
  • Published in 2004
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The enormous success of Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code has introduced the famous Golden Ratio (henceforth GR) to a whole new audience. Regular readers of this column will surely be familiar with the story. The ancient Greeks believed that there is a rectangle that the human eye finds the most pleasing, and that its aspect ratio is the positive root of the quadratic equation \(x^2 – x – 1 = 0\).

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2012-02-08
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2004-06-10

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	abstract = {The enormous success of Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code has introduced the famous Golden Ratio (henceforth GR) to a whole new audience. Regular readers of this column will surely be familiar with the story. The ancient Greeks believed that there is a rectangle that the human eye finds the most pleasing, and that its aspect ratio is the positive root of the quadratic equation \(x^2 – x – 1 = 0\).},
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