Have you ever heard of the Fibonacci Series? How about the Golden Mean, or the Golden Ratio? Well, despite my nerdy engineering background — neither had I until I read Dan Brown’s infamous The Da Vinci Code.
The most boring aspect of the Fibonacci Series is the math (gasp!). But it’s where we must start….with this simple sequence of numbers:
1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144…..
Do you see the pattern? To get the next number in the sequence, simply add up the previous two numbers.
And the Golden Mean or the Golden Ratio is the number that shows up when you divide one of the numbers in the sequence to the previous number.
For example…144/89 = 1.617977
If I were to divide larger numbers that show up eventually in the sequence, I would start to get a very close approximation for the Golden Ratio — which is 1:1.618033….
Exactly. So what.
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