The Golden Mean and the Physics of Aesthetics

  title={The Golden Mean and the Physics of Aesthetics},
  author={S. Kak},
  journal={arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics},
  • S. Kak
  • Published 2009
  • Physics
  • arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics
The golden mean, Φ, has been applied in diverse situations in art, architecture, and music, and although some have claimed that it represents a basic aesthetic proportion, others have argued that it is only one of a large number of such ratios. We review its early history, especially its relationship to Mount Meru of Piṅgala. We present multiplicative variants of Mount Meru that may explain why the octave of Indian music has 22 micronotes (śruti), a question that has perplexed musicologists for… Expand

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