Understanding the Golden Mean

“Nothing to Excess” -carved into the front of the temple at Delphi.

Without getting too geeky, the golden mean or golden ratio is simply a mathematical formula that dictates proportions that are found throughout the natural world and believed to be the foundation of what we find to be aesthetically pleasing. Many artists, sculptors and architects since before the Renaissance have proportioned their works to approximate the golden ratio. From the leaf of a fern spiral and its relationship to the other leaves on that same curved stem, to the arms of a spiral galaxy, these proportions can be found everywhere.

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