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INVENTING NEW MEDIA

BEAUTY IN NUMBERS

Here is an image I created inspired by  =

1/1.618

Commonly known as the Fibonacci sequence  after the nick name of an Italian mathematician (although actually found to have been discovered much earlier by an Indian musical theorist called Pingala – known as the maatraameru)

The sequence is simple (as easy as 1,1,2,3 : ) – in integers it goes:

0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55,89,144,233

and so on

The rule of the sequence is to add the number to the previous number… Here is a great video explaining how this can be worked out  visually and where this occurs throughout nature:

Once you are aware of it you start to notice it in the natural beauty of everything – from diagrams of the inner ear…

to, DNA, hurricanes, galaxies…

…to the subtlety of (the very costly – according to Steve Jobs biography) apple logo:

I mention all of this – as the psychology of beauty – as far as I understand perception of beauty is measurable – as cells symmetrical when perfectly formed – while a small amount of asymmetry can add to a ‘perfect’ image to show the flawed humanity that we relate to as it shows an off confidence – or the ability to be so confident we can afford to mark ourselves unconfident (like a jaunty top hat or a girls hair covering one eye or a piercing on one side of a lower lip)… this numerical sequence can also adhere to art inorder to create a response of natural beauty in a manmade construction.

So beauty is not subjective but actually a curved line that creates a rectangle that generates a ratio of…

1/1.618

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