
The Golden Ratio
 The Story of Phi, the World's Most Astonishing Number
 Narrated by: Mel Foster
 Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
 Unabridged Audiobook
 Release date: 050913
 Language: English
 Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Regular price: $13.99
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Publisher's Summary
Throughout history, thinkers from mathematicians to theologians have pondered the mysterious relationship between numbers and the nature of reality. In this fascinating book, Mario Livio tells the tale of a number at the heart of that mystery: phi, or 1.6180339887....
This curious mathematical relationship, widely known as "The Golden Ratio", was discovered by Euclid more than 2,000 years ago because of its crucial role in the construction of the pentagram, to which magical properties had been attributed. Since then it has shown a propensity to appear in the most astonishing variety of places, from mollusk shells, sunflower florets, and rose petals to the shape of the galaxy. Psychological studies have investigated whether the Golden Ratio is the most aesthetically pleasing proportion extant, and it has been asserted that the creators of the Pyramids and the Parthenon employed it. It is believed to feature in works of art from Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa to Salvador Dali's The Sacrament of the Last Supper, and poets and composers have used it in their works. It has even been found to be connected to the behavior of the stock market!
The Golden Ratio is a captivating journey through art and architecture, botany and biology, physics and mathematics. It tells the human story of numerous phifixated individuals, including the followers of Pythagoras who believed that this proportion revealed the hand of God; astronomer Johannes Kepler, who saw phi as the greatest treasure of geometry; such Renaissance thinkers as mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci of Pisa; and such masters of the modern world as Goethe, Cezanne, Bartok, and physicist Roger Penrose. Wherever his quest for the meaning of phi takes him, Mario Livio reveals the world as a place where order, beauty, and eternal mystery will always coexist.
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 Errol
 091516
Interesting insight into the world of mathematics
Where does The Golden Ratio rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
top 40%
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This book needs a PDF to help in visualizing all the forms that were described.
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 Amanda Halsdorff
 102514
Tedious Listen
This might be a better read than a listen. It seems like there would be some diagrams in the actual book that would help make sense of the formulas, whereas in the audio the information is hard to follow. The narration is also terrible. You can tell he's reading; like you can hear every space between the words. Much of his tone sounds like a sales pitch  falsely energetic.
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 Stephen B. Spencer
 030617
Good points, far too many useless figures.
The author did his best to present an unbiased view of all sides of the argument, however, far over explains much of his case which, at times, shows the book down to root canal painfulness.
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 David Chadwick
 051813
Φ The Other Cool Number
This was an inspiring listen about phi a name for the golden ratio; I found myself looking up more indepth information on the web relating to some of the places where phi reveals itself. I haven't thought until now, to look up whether they have a phi day or not, but if not there certainly should be. There isn't much to say here that wouldn't just be spoiling the revelations in this book, other than it was organized well; mostly in chronological order, starting with many of the places speculated to have phi engineered into it, then explaining why many are spurious speculations. All famous mathematicians and other people mentioned are followed by the date of their birth and death. That was an enjoyable tidbit.
About the narrator, I was pretty content with his performance. The few pronunciation errors that were made that I know of are common in other physics books here at audible.com as well. I have now only really fault the reader if it is just annoyingly read, and this was not one of those narrators.
This was an allaround entertaining book. I don't expect more than this when I make purchases here. Not the best, but certainly worth a credit, and the time invested in listening to it. There is no reason not to follow up one of the books here on pi, with this one about the golden ratio.
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 Sally Davis
 051017
Narrators voice is nails on a chalk board
The content of this book is amazing! The story is perplexing and stirs curiosity! The man narrating has the most irksome voice and doesn't seem to understand the words he's saying.

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 Carla Littleton
 032217
An eloquent history of mathematics
This book is an intriguing look at the development of mathematics physics focused on Phi and the golden ratio
Though complex at points the book is interesting and entertaining enough to keep the reader.engaged and curious.

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 Phil Allen
 071617
Interesting but sometimes difficult to follow.
An odd mix of a bit of fairly simple maths, natural sciences, history and fables  with a bit of physics thrown in. Geometry discriptions are difficult to follow. Perhaps the book should have included all "special" numbers and stuck to science or history or art.

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 Amazon Customer
 082616
Historical but full of insights
Very historical account of phi rather than a mathematical one. Chapters 8 and 9 are gems though regardless.