Patty Durongwong.Week 2. The Golden Ratio and Math Rock

Last week, when Prof. Vesna told us that we are going to be lucky enough to actually witness the king of math rock perform right here on campus, I was, honestly, somewhat apprehensive. I never quite understood nor really appreciated the dynamic sounds of what I thought math rock was. However, when Gil went over the evolution of math rock, i realized that it is really its own genre, its own sound, its own noise. It is so amazing how intricate and precise math rock is and it is only after witnessing a live performer drum for about 25 mintues straight that I came to truly understand this precision. What I found amazing was the connection that a student made earlier in class between the fibonacci’s sequence and math rock. I did more research on Fibonacci’s sequence and found that the expression for the fibonacci sequence involves the golden ratio. The Golden Ratio is one of the most fascinating concepts I have ever encountered. It is no coicidence that parts of nature much too often occurs in relation to the golden ratio. The idea that a band composed its music around this golden ratio in such precision to produce rather mesmerizing sounds reveals the fine line between what we believe are two different worlds. With the golden ratio – art seems to be mathematical and math seems to be more like art. The golden ratio may very well be the connection between art and math – bringing these two different worlds into one.

One of the topics that really caught my eye is the golden ratio and its relation to “beauty.” This leads me to the ever so questioned question: “Is beauty in the eye of the beholder?” (on the superficial level) When the golden ratio is applied to a face, the people that our culture labels as beautiful such as celebrities Kristin Kreuk and Angelina Jolie seem to fit the golden ratio almost perfectly. Beauty may, afterall, be more universal than one may believe and the golden ratio is proof to this idea. This also suggests that beauty can be measured in relation to the golden ratio. Before exploring the golden ratio and its fascinating connections to everything around me, I believed that beauty can never be measured or compared to anything else and that someone whom is beautiful to me may not be beautiful to you. However, with the golden ratio – someone whom fits perfectly within the ratios of the golden ratio seems to be widely viewed as beautiful. As humans, do we innately find the golden ratio beautiful?

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