The Golden Ratio…Very Cool

Back in the seventh grade at Harding High School I had a cool math teacher that allowed me the creative freedom to experiment with the rhythms I found in numbers. It was a grand discovery to see how numbers could actually be considered exciting and fun.  One such grand discovery, made by others, was made before the time of the pyramids, known as the “Golden Rectangle”. Mathematically it is seen in nature in such things as the center of a sunflower and the nautilus shell.

The amazing discovery is also known as the “Golden Section”, being a ratio, called the “Golden Ratio”. Many will know this as PHI; a number close to 1.618033988749895. This ratio has been used by architects for many centuries; thought to have started as early as the time of the pyramids by Egyptians and continued in many classical buildings such as the design of Notre Dame in Paris. The Renaissance artists, calling it the Divine Proportion, used the portion system when laying out paintings such as “The Last Supper” by Leonardo Da Vinci.

When in architecture school, we studied the Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier, who studied the physical proportions of the human body and became one of the strongest advocates of the “Golden Ratio” and applied it to his art and architecture. Le Corbusier’s search for a standardized proportion ended in a system he called the “Modulor”, which represented the human scale universally applied to art composition and architecture. This “Modulor”, based on human proportions was found to be a system equivalent to all of natural creation. Le Corbusier felt that human life was “comforted” by this type of mathematics. How does a portional system so widespread in creation come about? Certainly this is not a serendipity or evolution by-product; can happenstance produce mathematical perfection in nature and in the human body? I believe it to be part of the Master Architect’s “good” design.

The Golden Rectangle, constructed by the rules, then divided by rules, creates another Golden Rectangle; this then can be repeated to infinity, always creating the same “Golden Rectangle” and the same “Golden Ratio”. Beautiful.

[For more discussion on the Design & Creation, please refer to the book, I Am, the Great Creator God by Haven D. Mankin. Information about the book and how to obtain a copy is available at:]

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