August 23, 2012
The Fibonacci ratio—1 to 1.618, aka the golden ratio—is a classic proportion in architecture because it is beautiful to the human eye. It is also ubiquitous in nature because it serves as a mathematical blueprint for growth. Male honeybees, for example, have one parent, two grandparents, three great-grandparents, five great-great-grandparents, and so on in the Fibonacci sequence. The ratio often appears in time and price in the stock market, as well. (Click here to read Euan Wilson’s 2010 study, “The Golden Ratio Governs Life, Beauty and the Universe.”)
Someone recently found the golden ratio in another fascinating place, the human womb—but it is not there all the time. At birth, the height-to-width ratio of the uterus is about 2—twice as tall as wide—and the ratio steadily decreases throughout life to about 1.46 in old age. Somewhere between the ages of 16 and 20—when women are at their most fertile—the ratio passes the golden 1.618. Perhaps that happens on some “mathematically perfect” evening when she has a special, golden gleam in her eye.
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