Being a macihinist as well as a woodworker, I was always intrested in the Golden ratio .
At least since the Renaissance, many artists and architects have proportioned their works to approximate the golden ratio—especially in the form of the golden rectangle, in which the ratio of the longer side to the shorter is the golden ratio—believing this proportion to be aesthetically pleasing. Mathematicians have studied the golden ratio because of its unique and interesting properties.
The golden ratio is an irrational mathematical constant, approximately 1.6180339887
I just happened to be reading exodos 25-10 in the bible and came across this passage.
The Lord said to Moses,
Tell the Israelites to make a Box out of acacia wood, 45 inches long, 27 inches wide, and 27 inches high.Cover it with pure gold inside and out and put a gold border all around it.12 Make four carrying rings of gold for it and attach them to its four legs, with two rings on each side.13 Make carrying poles of acacia wood and cover them with gold14 and put them through the rings on each side of the Box.15 The poles are to be left in the rings and must not be taken out.16 Then put in the Box the two stone tablets that I will give you, on which the commandments are written.
Build a box 45×27” !, this is so close to the golden ratio it actually works out to 1.6666666 I wonder which one is correct.
It seems to me that this ratio goes a little futher back than the renaissance or the Greeks.
So the question is… Who was the first architect ? And when was the ratio first used?
Thanks for sharing,