AMAZING EXAMPLES OF THE DIVINE PROPORTION: (Also known as Phi, the Golden Ratio, The Golden Section and the Fibonacci Sequence) The following are some fascinating examples of the Divine Proportion in the world around us… -The human face is based on Phi. There are also countless examples of The Divine Proportion in the human body. Of course there are always exceptions in nature, but the average body illustrates these ratios. Try the following for yourself: Divide the width of your mouth by 1.618 (The Divine Proportion) and you will get the width of your nose (at its widest part). If you divide the height of the body by 1.618 you will get the approximate location of the belly button. – Measure from the bottom of the nose to the bottom of the chin. Divide by 1.618 and you’ll find the center of the mouth. Take the length of your index finger (from the top of the finger to where it meets the hand). Divide by 1.618 and you will find the joint of the large knuckle. Divide again and you’ll get the second finger joint. The design of a Stradivarius violin in based on the Divine Proportion. The Israeli biophysicist, Harel, discovered that the width-to-length ratio of a DNA molecule is Phi, or the Divine Proportion. Many commonly found items are very closely based on Phi, such as credit cards and playing cards. Throughout history The Divine Proportion has been used in architecture, including such famous structures as the Parthenon, Notre Dame, and the United Nations Building. It is believed that the ancient pyramids are based on the Divine Proportion. The swirl of a pine cone’s scales, a sunflower’s spiral growth pattern and the elegant arc of a nautilus shell are all based on The Divine Proportion. The first mention of the Divine Proportion was from Euclid’s Elements, a geometry book that was written almost 2500 years ago. The famous composers, Mozart and Bartok, are said to have used Phi in their compositions. The United States Pentagon Building in Washington D.C. is based on Phi, as is the geometric shape that it is named after. The leaf and branching patterns of many trees, including the Oak, Poplar, Willow, Almond, Pear and Apricot are based on the Divine Proportion. The Fibonacci Sequence (another word for the Divine Proportion) is named after Leonardo Fibonacci. He was born in 1175 and is the author of what is still considered one of the best books on arithmetic. – The Divine Proportion relates to the patterns of lightening bolts. The renowned French architect, La Corbusier, wrote a book entitled “Le Modulor” to explain the use of the Divine Proportion in architecture. When expressed as a decimal, Phi will go on forever without repeating itself. The spiral of a hurricane follows the dimensions of Phi. The shape of a ram’s horn is formed according to this ratio. Leonardo da Vinci used the Divine Proportion in many of his works, including the Mona Lisa, Virgin of the Rocks and The Last Supper. In Dan Brown’s bestselling work, The Da Vinci Code, the first clue of the book was based on the Fibonacci Sequence (or the Divine Proportion). It was an anagram that spelled “Leonardo Da Vinci, Mona Lisa”. FAMOUS QUOTES ABOUT THE DIVINE PROPORTION: “When the ancients discovered ‘Phi’, they were certain they had stumbled across God’s building block for the world.” -Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code “If the Golden Ratio makes the front of a building look fantastic, imagine what it can do for the backside of a woman.” -The Proportion of Blu (Designer Jean Company, whose fit is based on the Golden Ratio). Vogue April ’07 -To the sculptors of classical Greece and Rome, the Divine Proportion was recognized as ideal for the human anatomy.” -Bulent Atalay, Math and The Mona Lisa “The description of this proportion as Golden or Divine is fitting perhaps because it is seen by many to open the door to a deeper understanding of beauty and spirituality in life. That’s an incredible role for one number to play, but then again this one number has played an incredible role in human history and the universe at large” -The Divine Proportion: A Study in Mathematical Beauty by H.E. Huntley “All beauty is mathematics” -Ancient Greeks “(The use of the Divine Proportion)… seem(s) to be incorporated into works of art inadvertently, as a product of the artist’s aesthetic intuition. However,…in the case of Leonardo, they are employed after experimentation and applied with full premeditation.” -Bulent Atalay, Math and The Mona Lisa The wisest and noblest teacher is nature itself. -Leonardo da Vinci “Math-buffs and math-phobes alike can celebrate the (Divine Proportion’s) wonder…you will never again look at a pyramid, pinecone, or Picasso in the same light.” -Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code SHAPE \* MERGEFORMAT The Fashion Code is based on the Divine Proportion, an ancient equation for beauty that is found throughout nature, art and architecture. 59 Even the nautilus shell is based on the Divine Proportion!