Saturday, November 5, 2011
Golden Section & Stradivarius Violins
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The golden section (also known as the golden mean, the golden ratio, and divine proportion), is a mathematical calculation that produces what is considered to be the most aesthetically pleasing proportion. What I didn't know is that Antonio Stradivari (1644-1737), the greatest violin maker in history, was aware of the golden section and used it to place the f-holes (pictured above) in his famous violins.
I also didn't know that there has been quite a bit of research to find the golden section intentionally and unintentionally used in classical music compositions.
For more information, see the links above and the website on Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Section in Art, Architecture, and Music.