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Loplin
So, I was sitting at work reading the latest Discover me across an article dubbed, "Cracking The Da Vinci Code".
This has to do with what the Greeks considered the "perfect number". The fact that the number appears naturally in nature so often is what inspired the Greeks to find this. The number is supposed to signify perfection and things that are designed around the number are supposed to be the most "aestheticly pleasing". I'm of course talking about the letter phi or Φ. Φ=1+sqt(5)]/2 (see the attached picture to see this more clearly) or Φ~1.618... The lowercase of Φ is φ, it also just so happends that the negative of Φ (or φ) is =[1sqrt(5)]/2 or ~.618 The formula is based off of The Bonacci sequence which is ... 1,1,2,3,5,8,13...... or desribed as each number after the first two ones are equal to the sum of the previous two numbers eg... 1,1 1+1=2 so we have 1,1,2 1+2=3 so we have 1,1,2,3 2+3=5 so we have 1,1,2,3,5 etc... Anyway these numbers are seen all around nature. Anyway, this is supposed to be the greatest number ever Withstanding the fact that most of the myths surrounding the greatness of Φ have been debunked by scientists, I think it is stiill a pretty cool theme to shape Menuet around. The perfect OS, or The Golden os (Φ is also known as the golden ratio) I was thinking something similar to MeΦS would be neat. There is also the perfect spiral or a Φ spiral that could be used as the e In MeΦS or Menuet ΦS The discover article is here... although it costs money to view, I think it was worth the cost of the magazine. http://www.discover.com/issues/jun04/features/crackingthedavincicode/ Anyway, I suggest you all read up on it a little more. You might try these sites... http://goldennumber.net/neophite.htm http://goldennumber.net/phisymbol.htm http://jwilson.coe.uga.edu/emt669/Student.Folders/Frietag.Mark/Homepage/Goldenratio/goldenratio.html http://www.mathsoft.com/mathresources/constants/wellknown/article/0,,1941,00.html (the spiral in here is what I was talking about for the e, but rotated to look more like an e ) 

16 May 2004, 01:42 

UCM
Quote: The Bonacci sequence I think you mean the Fibonacci sequence. 

27 Feb 2005, 16:56 

crc
BugMeNot (http://bugmenot.com) will let you view the article for free


27 Feb 2005, 18:10 

Loplin
Wow, this is an old thread. Yeah, the golden ratio is a bit more of a myth than anything
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Yeah, its just a myth, but Its still pretty interesting I think, and I thought it fit well for this seeing how software is just a bunch of numbers. Implying that it was the "Perfect number" would be saying that it is the perfect software. Since no one ever responded to this thread (at least for a long time) I just went ahead and made the MenuetWiki logo with this theme.[/url] _________________ If I have a penny and you have a penny and we exchange pennies, we will both have one penny;but, if I have an idea and you have an idea and we exchange ideas, we will both have two ideas. http://menuet.homelinux.net 

28 Feb 2005, 02:33 

MCD
Golden ratio is nice for art. But me as a bit more fractal person, I prefer the feigenbaum constants: f_delta = 4.669... and f_alpha = 2.50...


28 Feb 2005, 08:11 

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