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Golden Ratio

Golden Stars and a Golden Curve

Mario Livio | Posted 03.10.2015 | Science
Mario Livio

The Golden Ratio, that curious, never-ending, never-repeating number, 1.61803398875..., has an uncanny tendency to pop up where it is least expected. Consequently, I cannot say that I was extremely surprised when a recent study of four pulsating stars observed by the Kepler telescope found them to have frequencies with a ratio very close to the Golden Ratio.

The Five-Pointed Star as a Symbol

Mario Livio | Posted 01.20.2015 | Arts
Mario Livio

Our understanding of the processes that make real stars shine has not taken anything away from the attraction of the five-pointed star.

The Beauty Of Art History's Masterpieces Lies In One Math Problem

Posted 04.01.2014 | Arts

"This is not art," designers Hadi Alaeddin and Mothanna Hussein write of their series dubbed, not surprisingly, "NOT ART." The Jordan-based design...

Jacqueline Howard

BUSTED: Four Big Myths About Female Attractiveness | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 08.04.2014 | Science

"Beauty" is how we appreciate the world. It’s what attracts us to each other, and quite frankly, scientists suggest it's biologically advantageous. ...

Gold or Brass?

Marjorie Senechal | Posted 04.29.2013 | Science
Marjorie Senechal

On the research frontier where biology, psychology, and mathematics meet, the eye of the beholder and the beholder's brain and genome are an integrated system, a system to be mapped.

What's Halfway Between 1 and 9? Kids and Scientists Say 3

Ben Thomas | Posted 12.22.2012 | Science
Ben Thomas

Quick: What's halfway between 1 and 9? According to a recent study, most little kids will answer "3," as will many people in non-literate cultures. And as it turns out, there's a solid evolutionary reason why that guess makes sense.

The Golden Ratio and Astronomy

Mario Livio | Posted 10.22.2012 | Science
Mario Livio

The Golden Ratio, usually denoted by the Greek letter ϕ (phi), has the propensity of popping up where least expected, in a variety of natural phenomena and works of art.

Does Touch Get the Math Right?

Dr. Keith Devlin | Posted 05.26.2012 | TV
Dr. Keith Devlin

It would have been easy to get the math right in Touch. On the other hand, taken literally, the portrayal of the application of mathematics to the world by the young Jake is so way-over-the-top fictitious that inaccuracy in specific details does not adversely affect the storyline.

Cara Santa Maria

WATCH: Is There A Formula For Beauty? | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 01.21.2013 | Science

2012-01-30-Screenshot20120130at8.32.22AM.jpgWhat is beauty? This question has plagued philosophers and artists for millennia. And now, modern scientists think they're close to figuring it out.

Why We Like What We Like

Darby Roach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Darby Roach

Have you ever wondered why we find some people attractive, are drawn to a verdant landscape, enjoy looking at a great work of art or drool over a sleek sports car?