Perfect Delight

I like perfection—a perfectly organized garage, a perfectly formatted report, perfect routines. For some reason, God wired me to have an internal desire and appreciation for completeness.

In mathematics, there is a number considered divine: φ ≈ 1.61803399. Looks perfect, doesn’t it? Well maybe not. Its beauty is not so much in the digits themselves, but in its applications. Known as the golden ratio, it shows up in many places in nature. The animation below demonstrates various distances in the human hand whose relative sizes match the golden ratio.