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:
Markowsky also offers an extensive List of References to document his claims.
- 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
So, now do you believe in the presence of the Golden Ratio, natural examples of the Fibonacci Sequence, etc.?