• The Golden Ratio

  • The Story of Phi, the World's Most Astonishing Number
  • By: Mario Livio
  • Narrated by: Mel Foster
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-09-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.9 (102 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Throughout history, thinkers from mathematicians to theologians have pondered the mysterious relationship between numbers and the nature of reality. In this fascinating book, Mario Livio tells the tale of a number at the heart of that mystery: phi, or 1.6180339887....
This curious mathematical relationship, widely known as "The Golden Ratio", was discovered by Euclid more than 2,000 years ago because of its crucial role in the construction of the pentagram, to which magical properties had been attributed. Since then it has shown a propensity to appear in the most astonishing variety of places, from mollusk shells, sunflower florets, and rose petals to the shape of the galaxy. Psychological studies have investigated whether the Golden Ratio is the most aesthetically pleasing proportion extant, and it has been asserted that the creators of the Pyramids and the Parthenon employed it. It is believed to feature in works of art from Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa to Salvador Dali's The Sacrament of the Last Supper, and poets and composers have used it in their works. It has even been found to be connected to the behavior of the stock market!
The Golden Ratio is a captivating journey through art and architecture, botany and biology, physics and mathematics. It tells the human story of numerous phi-fixated individuals, including the followers of Pythagoras who believed that this proportion revealed the hand of God; astronomer Johannes Kepler, who saw phi as the greatest treasure of geometry; such Renaissance thinkers as mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci of Pisa; and such masters of the modern world as Goethe, Cezanne, Bartok, and physicist Roger Penrose. Wherever his quest for the meaning of phi takes him, Mario Livio reveals the world as a place where order, beauty, and eternal mystery will always coexist.
©2008 Mario Livio (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Errol on 09-15-16

Interesting insight into the world of mathematics

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This book needs a PDF to help in visualizing all the forms that were described.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Amanda Halsdorff on 10-25-14

Tedious Listen

This might be a better read than a listen. It seems like there would be some diagrams in the actual book that would help make sense of the formulas, whereas in the audio the information is hard to follow. The narration is also terrible. You can tell he's reading; like you can hear every space between the words. Much of his tone sounds like a sales pitch - falsely energetic.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Phil Allen on 07-16-17

Interesting but sometimes difficult to follow.

An odd mix of a bit of fairly simple maths, natural sciences, history and fables - with a bit of physics thrown in. Geometry discriptions are difficult to follow. Perhaps the book should have included all "special" numbers and stuck to science or history or art.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 08-26-16

Historical but full of insights

Very historical account of phi rather than a mathematical one. Chapters 8 and 9 are gems though regardless.

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