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Is the Golden Ratio Design's Greatest Hoax?

Is the Golden Ratio Design's Greatest Hoax?
Is the Golden Ratio Design's Greatest Hoax?, © Sébastien Bertrand
© Sébastien Bertrand

For more than 150 years, the Golden Ratio has been one of the main tenets of design, informing generations of architects, designers, and artists. From Le Corbusier to Apple, Vitruvius to Da Vinci, the ratio purportedly dictates which forms will be found aesthetically pleasing. Yet mathematicians and designers have grown skeptical of the practical applications of the Golden Ratio, with Edmund Harriss of the University of Arkansas' mathematics department putting it at its most simple: "It is certainly not the universal formula behind aesthetic beauty." Writing for Fast Co. Design, John Brownlee collates sources as diverse as the mathematics department at Stanford University to Richard Meier, laying out the case against what may just be design's greatest hoax. Read the full article here.

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Cite: Patricia Arcilla. "Is the Golden Ratio Design's Greatest Hoax?" 15 Apr 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/619965/is-the-golden-ratio-design-s-greatest-hoax/> ISSN 0719-8884
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