The Golden Ratio: The Divine Beauty of Mathematics (英语) 精装 – 2018年10月24日
Gary B. Meisner is the creator of www.goldennumber.net, a popular website dedicated to the mathematics, prevalence, and design applications of the golden ratio. In 2004, he led the development of his PhiMatrix Golden Ratio Design and Analysis software, which is used by thousands of artists, architects, designers, and photographers in over seventy countries, as well as in cosmetic medical and stock market analysis applications. After earning accounting and MBA degrees from two top business schools, he spent most of his career in CFO/CIO roles with operating units of five Fortune 1000 public companies. Gary is now a self-employed technology/systems consultant conducting ongoing research and collaboration on the golden ratio, and his work has been featured in Da Vinci The Exhibition at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. Providing an online community in which new findings can be shared and discussed, he helps others to appreciate the incredible beauty and design in the world around us and to applying these same principles of design to their own creative works. Rafael Araujo is an architect and illustrator from Caracas, Venezuela, who has been hand drawing beautiful illustrations of nature for more than forty years. By applying the Golden Ratio in his geometric formulas, Araujo brings the natural mathematical framework of nature's beautiful designs to life. Araujo's work has been featured in publications like Wired Magazine, and exhibited at Stanford University and many other prestigious galleries.
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I enjoyed the "The Golden Ratio" and all the interesting research and illustrations the author has compiled. It's also a very nice hardcover book at a reasonable price that looks great sitting on a coffee table. It is definitely a conversation starter!
The Golden Ratio greatly exceeded my expectations. The pictures and imagery used throughout the book are simply magnificent; absolutely stunning in areas. This book is both text book and coffee table book; the production is of the highest quality. It is comprehensive and well-written, yet not so difficult as to be rendered inaccessible to the ordinary reader. For the price, this book is an absolutely tremendous value and far and away my favorite new addition on the subject.
The explanations are light enough for even a non-mathmatician to understand - (yes, you can skip the few equations and still get a very thorough understanding of the subject). If you're a math teacher - say at middle-school level and above - DO get this book, and DO teach this to your students! Hey, artists and architects learned this concept 500+ years ago! Art, architecture and engineering teachers - your students need this book and the subject it teaches!
I am just floored about how good this book is on this subject, and how really beautiful it is.
I am one who was merely curious. I haven't studied any math since high school (eons past), but I was able to grasp (with a bit of concentration) the very basic of the mathematical concepts presented in this book. I was actually quite pleased with myself when I encountered and even remembered the Pythagorean Theorem on page 27! While most of the mathematics in the book was over my head, I nevertheless found much to like in its pages.
For example, nearly 100 pages are devoted to a presentation of the appearance of the Divine Proportion in art and architecture. I thoroughly enjoyed looking at the masterworks of DaVinci, Michelango, Botticelli, and more, and seeing evidence of the Golden Ratio in these famous art pieces. I was especially drawn to a section of the book which focuses on the design and construction of the great cathedrals of Europe. Photographs (with PhiMatrix overlays) of the rose windows at Notre Dame and Chartes are impressive and, of course, very beautiful.
The last part of the book takes a look at the appearance of the Divine Proportion in the natural world. Again, I am not a mathematician, but I had fun counting the plant spirals on photographs of pine cone bases, and looking for the "beauty of fives" in pictures of flowers and fruits.
Overall, I enjoyed spending time in the pages of this book. It has something for everyone. And, it looks pretty impressive on my coffee table; if I were hunting a mate, I might impress a super successful STEM dude—or perhaps an artsy guy--with this book!