Quantum φ

The Golden Number topic has been touched before on this blog and back then the explanation had more to do with the mathematics behind Phi rather than its practical application. Not that the following post would be too different, but it will be about something I’ve recently stumbled upon. Last week it’s been announced that researchers had discovered the presence of the Golden Ratio in the quantum world. The implications of the Golden Ratio are endlessly debatable but these last news had be thinking it might be more to it than anyone has yet realized.

Researchers from the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie (HZB), in cooperation with colleagues from Oxford and Bristol Universities, as well as the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, UK, have for the first time observed a nanoscale symmetry hidden in solid state matter. They have measured the signatures of a symmetry showing the same attributes as the golden ratio famous from art and architecture.

Dr. Radu Coldea — the principal author of the paper — describes how the ratio was observed in magnetically linked chains of atoms: “Here the tension comes from the interaction between spins causing them to magnetically resonate. For these interactions we found a series (scale) of resonant notes: The first two notes show a perfect relationship with each other. Their frequencies (pitch) are in the ratio of 1.618…, which is the golden ratio famous from art and architecture.

I’m not going into detail whether Dr. Coldea could have accomplished anything similar to his current findings, had he decided to stay in his homeland (i.e. Romania). What’s here to highlight is that something which occurs on such a comparatively massive scale can also be observed in the smallest components of our world. Perhaps now, the science behind the Golden Number has received a kick in the rear end which will help bringing forward the so long sought-after evidence behind the all-surrounding symmetries in the Universe.

Wouldn’t it be nice to think there could be a real science behind all that? 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Quantum φ

  1. I would say that the argument – “that something which occurs on such a comparatively massive scale can also be observed in the smallest components of our world” – is the wrong way round.

    Consider for example how we choose our facts, and how we progress in the logical sciences.. We start with inference, creating facts around our general observations, then we apply these facts to smaller and smaller details until we come across something which does not conform to our facts and we discover new information, which we apply to our priory knowledge, hence creating new facts.

    Or consider technology. Machines. Mathematics. The total is only a sum of the components. Discoveries which me make at the smallest levels lead to developments all the way up on the largest levels, it is rarely the other way around.

    The small things have a far greater influence on our observation of the world, than the big things, which also explains sciences fascination with hierachies.

    Beyond this (going metaphysical now), consider the source of creativity, inventism, design.. it is so fleeting and inexplicable, so SMALL, and yet it is the source of our greatest and worst achievements.

    In summary, as your English editor I encourage you to try – “that something which occurs on such a comparatively small scale can also be observed in the greatest components of our universe”.

  2. Dear English editor,

    In response to your elaborate and pretentious argument, I will try to articulate a reaction based on the researchers’ initial findings. The idea that ‘the small things’ determine the behaviour of the bigger organisms is not a novelty, but proving that what we see with our naked eye is a result of interactions and similarities at microscopical level is a big step towards the understanding of our nature (and not only).

    There’s no denying that ‘small things have a greater influence on our observation’ (it was handy quoting from you) and especially now that we know it, probably it will help us in better interpreting the ‘chaotic’ state of the matter surrounding us. Am i being to vague here? This may call for a separate post 🙂

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