Phi is the constant of SelfSimilarity  

13 Apr 2008 @ 09:47, by John Grieve
Mysticism and Science: A new Union
1. Phi is the constant of selfsimilarity
It is my belief that the way forward involves the coming together of mysticism and science, to give a new holistic discipline which will combine the quantitative strengths of science with the holistic and qualitative strengths of mysticism.
What I am writing is not “sacred geometry” or “sacred mathematics”, but just plain true knowledge. My first assertion is that the number or ratio Phi, known from antiquity, is the constant of selfsimilarity. Let me illustrate this with a simple numerical example. Take the Fibonacci sequence
1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 34 55 89 144 … … …
each number is the sum of the previous two terms, thus 8 = 5 + 3. It is very significant that if you divide any term by the immediately preceding term you derive a fraction which is alternately greater then less than Phi, and which quickly closely approximates its value of 1.618…. For example 89 divided by 55 is 1.61818, whereas 55 divided by 34 ( the preceding number) is 1.617647058
Now, the next thing to observe is that this sequence is selfsimilar:
1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 34 55 89 144
0 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21
taking away each previous term, in sequence leaves a sequence which is identical to the original one. The whole thing appears to be nested and selfsimilar, and this process can be repeated ad infinitum.
Now let us look at the famous rightangled triangle and Pythagoras’ theorem. There are, it seems, hundreds of valid proofs of the theorem that the square on the hypoteneuse is equal to the sum of the squares on the other two sides. One of the least wellknown of these proofs is the one which uses the fact that the two small rightangled triangles formed when you drop a perpendicular from the original rightangle to the opposite hypoteneuse, are similar to each other and to the larger triangle. In other words this is another example of selfsimilarity. It is possible to construct spirals ad infinitum around the vertices of the ensuing smaller and smaller rightangled triangles which you can construct within these two triangles. And where you find equiangular spirals you will always find the ratio Phi, approximately 1.618
There are many other sequences e.g. the Lucas sequence, which like the Fibonacci show the Phi ratio, and they always display a form of selfsimilarity. I will leave it to you to investigate.
Phi is indeed the constant of selfsimilarity.


Category: Systems Thinking
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