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The Golden Ratio by Mario Livio
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May 20, 2011

did not like it

Terrible book. Poorly written. Vague. No direction.

This book is more numerology. The author creates loose and thin parallels to Phi, then refutes them. This happens repeatedly throughout the book.

The great pyramids might be built based on a ratio similar to phi. Oh, no, maybe not.
Oh, these painting might contain phi built into some of the geometry. Oh, wait, nope. They don't. The artist didn't even know what phi is.
The content makes no sense.

The author goes into lengthy sidebars about art and astronomy that do not play into the material. The author prattels on about Kepler and some of his work and how it related to phi, and then that all of his work was bunk. The author writes at length about how some artist might have based their paintings on the golden ratio, but then writes that the dimensions are off. This book is a waste. It is hoaky.

I find it interesting it is pretty much built upon the mythos of the golden ration that Dan Brown built with the "Da Vinci Code," but the author goes out of his way to state that he will not cover the mona lisa.

Save your time and money. Do not read this steam pile of self indulgent crap.
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Malik Did you reed more books related to the Golden Ratio? If yes, what do you recommend?

Kevin i reckon i could pinpoint the very page where this reviewer stopped reading.

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