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Golden Misconceptions...or Golden Miskepticisms?

The MathNews for this week discusses the true/false aspects of a picture related to the Golden Rectangle. The results of G.G.'s (Clarkston) research led to my review of the Website of the Week, called Fibonacci Flim-Flam by skeptic Donald Simanek.

But Simanek is not alone in his skepticism. For example, another well-know resource for skeptics is George Markowsky's article "Misconceptions about the Golden Ratio," published in The College Math Journal in January of 1992.

Markowsky offers a different sort of evidence, in that he is a mathematician/computer scientist at the University of Maine. That is, he is a respected mathematician discussing mathematical ideas, rather than being a skeptical physicist.

After providing an overview of properties of the Golden Ratio, the article "Misconceptions About the Golden Ratio" states and analyzes multiple misconceptions:

  • The Name "Golden Ratio" was Used in Antiquity
  • The Great Pyramid was Designed to Conform to Phi
  • The Greeks Used Phi in the Parthenon
  • Many Painters, Including Leonardo Da Vinci, Used Phi
  • The UN Building Embodies the Ratio Phi
  • A Golden Ratio is the Most Esthetically Pleasing Rectangle
  • The Human Body Exhibits Phi
  • Virgil's Aeneid Exhibits Phi
Markowsky also offers an extensive List of References to document his claims.

So, now do you believe in the presence of the Golden Ratio, natural examples of the Fibonacci Sequence, etc.?