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Choice Votes   Percent
Not only do I know what it is, I have a good chunk of it memorized! 29 15.4%   
I know of it, and where it sometimes occurs 96 51.1%   
Never heard of it 48 25.5%   
Ratios don't have colors! 15 8.0%   

Survey posted 2005-05-09 15:20 by Jon.

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Re: What do you know about the golden ratio?
Jonathan Katz  Account Info
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Survey idea by me.

Reply to this comment    9 May 2005, 15:21 GMT

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Rodney Blythe  Account Info
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Well, I'll be the first to ask: Jon, What is a golden ratio?

Reply to this comment    9 May 2005, 16:37 GMT

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mindstorm23 Account Info

I think I'll be the second.

Reply to this comment    9 May 2005, 16:49 GMT

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jvdthwip Account Info

I'll be the 1`st to answer:

== GOLDEN RATIO ==
(1+sqrt(5))/2, approximately 1.61803, which happens to be the ratio of a diagonal of a pentagon to its side. This constant shows up in many metrical properties of the dodecahedron and icosahedron just as the square root of 2 shows up in the metrical properties of the cube. A golden rectangle has sides in this ratio. A golden rhombus has diagonals in this ratio.

Reply to this comment    9 May 2005, 18:24 GMT

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Justin McKinley Account Info

It also occurs as the ratio of the numbers of the Fibonacci sequence, as they grow larger (i.e. fith and sixth terms won't be very close to the ratio, but the terms 1,000,000 and 1,000,001 will be very close)

Also notably, a rectangle with the golden ratio between its sides can be devided into a square and another rectangle with the golden ratio between its sides. If you were to draw a rectangle, it would probably be very close to this, as the golden ratio is very pleasing to the eyes.

Reply to this comment    9 May 2005, 18:57 GMT

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slimey_limey  Account Info
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I didn't know that about the Fibonacci sequence. I do know, however, that one of those smart Greeks came up with it.

Reply to this comment    9 May 2005, 21:23 GMT


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tdavis07  Account Info
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it was a guy called Fibonacci. That is why it is called Fibonacci's sequence.

Reply to this comment    9 May 2005, 21:35 GMT

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JcN  Account Info
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Fibonacci is Italian.

Reply to this comment    9 May 2005, 23:39 GMT


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danbert23  Account Info

Actually, his name wasn't Fibonacci, he just used that as a pen name. His real name was Leonardo of Pisa. He lived from 1175-1250 AD. Please don't ask why I know this...

Reply to this comment    10 May 2005, 01:06 GMT


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Jake Griffin  Account Info
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And about the Greeks...the Parthenon has it's walls built (well, two of them) with the golden rectangle as their shape...the two other walls have some other significant ratio...

Reply to this comment    12 May 2005, 06:37 GMT


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slimey_limey  Account Info
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Perhaps I didn't make myself clear.

I did not know that the Fibonacci sequence had the property that:

Successive terms of the sequence fib(n)/fib(n+1) approach phi (the symbol for the Golden Ratio) as a limit.

I did know, however, that one of the smart ancient Greeks discovered/invented the Golden Ratio.

Reply to this comment    10 May 2005, 03:22 GMT


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jesse frey  Account Info

the greeks used it in their statues to make them look good

Reply to this comment    11 May 2005, 01:32 GMT


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Jake Griffin  Account Info
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Yes, that also was another significance...there are things such as the ratio of your leg to your arm or something weird like that that have the golden ratio...there's like 6 of them just in the human body alone...apparently, it makes the body look more "pleasing to the eye."

Reply to this comment    12 May 2005, 06:39 GMT


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LonePhoenix  Account Info
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there's also more about it in the Da Vinci Code. It's used in many pagan beliefs/nature worship, but it's associated with the devil in christian beliefs because of its association to the pentagon (see above reason), which is deemed to be evil for some reason.

Reply to this comment    14 May 2005, 03:18 GMT


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JcN  Account Info
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This ratio is also known by the constant Phi (the capitalized Greek character that looks like a trident), and is the ratio of the lengths of two colinear consecutive widths of a perfect spiral. It shows up a lot in nature, and can be used to mathematically define beauty. For example, a human face is "beautiful" when the ratios of distances between various facial organs approaches Phi.

Reply to this comment    9 May 2005, 23:36 GMT

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Mr.Z Account Info
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Except that it is lowercase (at least, most places I have seen it), which looks like a circle with a vertical line through it. Or, perhaps, the capital is the golden ratio & the lowercase is supposed to be its reciprocal (if people used it correctly).

Reply to this comment    10 May 2005, 00:41 GMT


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Chris Williams  Account Info

It should be pointed out here that the reciprocal of the golden ratio is the same as the golden ration minus one.

phi = 1/Phi = Phi-1

That's very useful to know in everyday life.

Reply to this comment    10 May 2005, 01:07 GMT

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Louis Wilson  Account Info
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Not only is the reciprocal of phi phi-1, but phi squared is equal to phi plus 1!
phi = 1/phi + 1 = phi^2 - 1

Reply to this comment    10 May 2005, 02:29 GMT


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Chris Williams  Account Info

Gadzooks, you're right!

Reply to this comment    10 May 2005, 02:59 GMT


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Ben Cherry  Account Info
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I don't think you really meant to write that "phi=phi-1", because if so, then 0=1 ! yay!

Reply to this comment    10 May 2005, 05:16 GMT

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shapular  Account Info

but he didn't, he said phi=Phi-1.

I have no idea what any of this means, I just thought I'd point that out

Reply to this comment    10 May 2005, 19:09 GMT


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KermMartian Account Info
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And therefore:

phi = phi - 1
phi-phi = 1
0 = 1

:p

Reply to this comment    10 May 2005, 20:42 GMT


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calkfreak83  Account Info
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phi does equal 1/Phi.. Phi is the number [with a captital "P"].. phi on the other hand is a lowercase version of Phi serving as a symbol of 1/Phi.. so he was correct:

phi [with a lowercase letter] = 1/Phi [with an uppercase letter]= Phi-1

Reply to this comment    10 May 2005, 21:12 GMT

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Zaren  Account Info

in the da vinci code there is a whole section that talks about phi. if you want to know some cool things about it i would suggest reading the book, plus i thought it was really good all around anyway. in a star if you divide a line where it crosses with one of the 2 others and compair the longer end to the shorter you should get phi, if you drew the star right.

Reply to this comment    10 May 2005, 02:25 GMT

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Matt Gardeski  Account Info

That's a really good book.

Reply to this comment    10 May 2005, 22:44 GMT


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Mr.Z Account Info
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But...Jesus cannot have a child. Here is why. He is the 41st generation from Abraham (counting Abraham) on Joseph's side (which is therefore irrelevant because Joseph was not his biological father), so his child would be number 42, & since that number is so important, it would make his child more important, which is impossible. QED :)

Reply to this comment    13 May 2005, 01:05 GMT


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LonePhoenix  Account Info
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hey you're right! did you also know that the answer to "what do you get when you multiply six by nine" is also 42? and that it took a computer a coupla million years to calculate the ultimate question, and it is 42, except they forgot the question.

Reply to this comment    14 May 2005, 03:22 GMT


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Rob van Wijk  Account Info

Just for the record: that's only correct for a five pointed star.

Reply to this comment    11 May 2005, 06:26 GMT


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Zaren  Account Info

yeah whatever you know what i ment

Reply to this comment    13 May 2005, 01:38 GMT

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calkfreak83  Account Info
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It doesnt look like a trident [a trident being a pitchfork shape right?.. if not, disregard this comment..]
Phi [capital] looks like a circle with a vertical secant through its center.. Unicode U+03A6 in Times New Roman font on WinXP in the Character map.. the small letter phi looks like well.. like a lollipop haha.. its a circle with a vertical line from the highest intersection with the circle extending through the bottom of the circle.. Unicode U+03C6 in the same area....

Reply to this comment    11 May 2005, 03:19 GMT


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Chris Williams  Account Info

Heh, that's right. The "trident" is the letter psi. I've been playing with 3D rotations, which uses theta, phi, and psi, so I know what they look like.

Reply to this comment    11 May 2005, 05:12 GMT


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JcN  Account Info
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00ps, my bad. I must make sure to study the Greek alphabet harder!

Reply to this comment    12 May 2005, 05:22 GMT


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jason_r_larue Account Info

Actually, both Phi and phi look like a circle with a line through it (though Phi sometimes has serifs). Psi and psi are the tridents / "devil's forks".

Reply to this comment    13 May 2005, 00:38 GMT


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burntfuse  Account Info
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I thought it was 5:2... :-[

Reply to this comment    9 May 2005, 22:09 GMT


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Wingman5 Account Info

It's a very useful ratio used to create many items, like the greek pantheon

Reply to this comment    12 May 2005, 03:02 GMT

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Panthrowzay  Account Info

Phi is also used in the placement of The Great Pyramids of Giza in respect to Atlantian North and the Spinx its center is a huge tomb
"Blueprint to Atlantis" great book

Reply to this comment    12 May 2005, 03:24 GMT


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Jake Griffin  Account Info
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Parthenon...the Panthenon was a totally different building, and I don't think it was even greek...

Reply to this comment    12 May 2005, 06:43 GMT

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Greenwiz29 Account Info

The pantheon was what the gods of Mount Olympus were called as a group

Reply to this comment    12 May 2005, 15:11 GMT


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Jake Griffin  Account Info
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And the Panthenon was a building with a big hole in the top of a dome called an "oculus" (sp?) that is Greek or Latin or something for "eye"...it was sort of like a window on the roof, only it didn't have glass...

Reply to this comment    12 May 2005, 19:46 GMT


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LonePhoenix  Account Info
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you're talking about the parthenon

Reply to this comment    14 May 2005, 03:24 GMT


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Wingman5 Account Info

Of course it's Greek you *%^$#@!

Reply to this comment    12 May 2005, 23:31 GMT

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Wingman5 Account Info

anyone know any peanut websites? tell me because my friend is allergic and i have to play a prank by giving him a pizza filled with peanut butter. it's for my science project and i need to see him choke and die. Thank you!

Reply to this comment    12 May 2005, 23:37 GMT


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calkfreak83  Account Info
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^^link^^

Reply to this comment    13 May 2005, 00:18 GMT


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LonePhoenix  Account Info
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pantheon is greek, parthenon is roman

Reply to this comment    14 May 2005, 03:23 GMT


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calkfreak83  Account Info
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Way off topic:

Besides Gemini, Wolfenstein, and Doom 83, is there any more ASM 3d shooters? Sorry, I cant find any in the search engine.. it searches for keyword matching and not categories, so I thought, why not ask the people that play em [or make em really..]

These games are awesome, but only a few exist for the 83(+)!

Reply to this comment    12 May 2005, 22:00 GMT

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