Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Our Rational Universe

"A hith­er­to un­dis­cov­ered sym­me­try can be found in sol­id mat­ter at very small scales" that "in­volves the gold­en ra­tio fa­mous from art and ar­chi­tec­ture" — “Golden ratio” hints at hidden atomic symmetry.

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Blogger Sean said...

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Anonymous Dano said...

In the early 20th century, modern art and music scorned adherence to "mere convention"; scientists today seem to be closer and closer to confirming that "mere convention" was developed as a direct response to things hard-wired into the human brain and the universe at large, which would probably explain why so few people actually like modern or postmodern art.

10:19 AM  
Anonymous Steven P. Cornett said...

Wikipedia also notes that in 2003, Wiess and Wiess used psychometric and theoretical data to conclude that the Golden Ratio underlies the clock cycle of brain waves.

That appears to have been empirically confirmed by neurobiologists in 2008.

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Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Fascinating. Thanks.

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