TITLE: The Golden Ratio: The Divine Beauty of Mathematics
AUTHOR: Gary B. Meisner, Rafael Araujo (illustrator)
PUBLICATION DATE: 23 October 2018
FORMAT: ARC PDF
NOTE: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. This review is my honest opinion of the book.
“The Golden Ratio examines the presence of this divine number in art and architecture throughout history, as well as its ubiquity among plants, animals, and even the cosmos. This gorgeous book features clear, entertaining, and enlightening commentary alongside stunning full-color illustrations by Venezuelan artist and architect Rafael Araujo.
From the pyramids of Giza, to quasicrystals, to the proportions of the human face, the golden ratio has an infinite capacity to generate shapes with exquisite properties.
With its lush format and layflat dimensions that closely approximate the golden ratio, this is the ultimate coffee table book for math enthusiasts, architects, designers, and fans of sacred geometry."
The Golden Ration by Gary Meisner is an exquisitely illustration, beautifully and clearly written introductory book about the Golden Ratio and related subjects. There are lovely full-colour illustrations and photographs on nearly every page. The book begins with the unique properties of the golden ratio and then continues on to its appearance in art and design, architecture (pyramids, cathedrals, musical instruments), nature (leaf and petal arrangements, fractals, spirals, facial proportions, buckyballs, quantum physics, golden DNA, the nautilus controversy), and many other interesting mathematical goodies such as tessellations, platonic solids, the Fibonacci sequence, Pascal’s Triangles etc. The book also includes appendices that deal with critical thinking, notes and further reading, and “Golden Constructions”. There are a number of equations and geometrical illustrations, but nothing particularly complicated. In the author’s own words: “not everything is based on the golden ratio, but the number of places in which it seems to appear is truly amazing and we are sure to uncover it more and more as technology advances and out knowledge of the physical universe expands”.
This is definately a book I will be adding to my library.