Kevin Hartzog's Reviews > The Golden Ratio: The Story of Phi, the World's Most Astonishing Number

The Golden Ratio by Mario Livio
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May 21, 2008

it was ok
Read in July, 2008

As a biologist, I do have some interest in the natural phenomenon of the golden ratio as it appears in Botany and in gastropod shell formation. However, Livio's presentation was rather tedious and laborious. Livio spent much of the book disproving the use of the golden ratio in art and architecture. That, coupled Livio encompassing such a wide spectrum which also spanned music, biology, chemistry, physics and astronomy resulted in short expositions that never completely satisfied nor explained his perspective on the golden ratio. A case in point was Livio's coverage of Godkewitsch' research into human preferences for shapes. Although his hypothesis was clearly stated, Livio does not provide enough of Godkewitsch' methodology nor his methods for analysis to prove Livio's conclusion. That is not to say that I disagreed with Livio's conclusion, but in editing out such essential information made following Livio's logic more difficult.


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