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? 🙂