THE GOLDEN RECTANGLE
by Nikhat Parveen, UGA
The Golden Rectangle
ôSymmetry is a proper agreement between
the members of the work itself, and relation
between the different parts and the whole
Vitruvias (De architectura - I, ch. II)
The Golden Rectangle is said to be one of the most visually satisfying of all geometric forms; The Golden Rectangle, whose length and width are the segments of a line divided according to the Golden Section, occupies an important position in painting, sculpture, and architecture, because its proportions have long been considered the most attractive to the eye.
It is believed that the most visually pleasing dimensions are found in a rectangle whose length: width ratio is equal to Phi.
The construction of golden rectangle can be viewed using GSP.
First constructed by Pythagoras in the 6th Century BCE, Golden Rectangles can be formed easily by using adjacent terms of the Fibonacci series.
The ratio between successive Fibonacci numbers is approximately Phi. Knowing this, we can create a rectangle of Golden proportions by using a Fibonacci number, F(n), as the length, and the preceding Fibonacci number, F(n-1), as the width.
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