Wednesday, December 14, 2005

The golden ratio

The golden ratio is an irrational number, approximately 1.618 033 988 749 894 848, that possesses many interesting properties. Shapes defined by the golden ratio have long been considered aesthetically pleasing in Western cultures, reflecting nature's balance between symmetry and asymmetry and the ancient Pythagorean belief that reality is a numerical reality, except that numbers were not units as we define them today, but were expressions of ratios. The golden ratio is still used frequently in art and design. The golden ratio is also referred to as the golden proportion, golden mean, golden section, golden number, divine proportion or sectio divina.

There are two ways to divide Get Things Done into two sections according to the ratio. The first way is to divide it when Mark sings "answerless question" on "Hamlet" and the second way is to divide it is a few seconds after the keyboards come in on "Lucy."

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