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324 Leonardo Reviews beauty of the scientific method. The next example is more anecdotal but still illuminating: Admittedly, the significance of the golden ratio today does not lie in real documentary evidence, but in the myth woven around this history over the last 150 years. In common with those searching for the Holy Grail or the treasure of the knights Templar, the golden ratio devotees weave together clues and allusions in history, mathematics and the natural science to create grand images which primarily prompt amazement and claim the existence of universal theory of everything (p. 24). Further, adding weight to the myth, in type design the myth of the golden ratio abounds; however, unbiased investigation shows the “Trajan font (113 CE), the most famous and beautiful example of the capitalis monumentalis , [allegedly] designed in accordance with the golden ratio,” is in fact not based on the golden ratio at all, “but instead the square, circle and triangle” (p. 99). In the section, “Workshop Report, Golden Pythagoras Trees: Fractals and Self-Similarity” by Daniel Lordick (pp. 164–169) his concluding remarks indicate that the use of the golden ratio as a design tool is arbitrary. “No matter how surprising it is to discover frequent examples of the golden ratio in nature, exclusively using the golden ratio as a design tool clearly remains an arbitrary decision and one that is rarely successful.” The idea, or desperate hope, that the golden ratio perhaps provides a Theory of Everything is clearly not true. However, without doubt the golden ratio may be observed often in nature. The Fibonacci series evident in the nautilus shell is just one example. So, we have what may be described as a Divine Paradox. Evidence in nature of the Divine Proportion is astounding, and the cultural “meme” replication myth, now growing out of all proportion (excuse pun) on the internet will keep researchers puzzled for some time to come. This proliferation on the Internet has both serious and humorous content. As an example: the very recent photos of American president Donald Trump’s hairstyle likened to, or complying with, the golden ratio! This book full of intriguing puzzles (itself both serious and humorous) will become an important resource for future researchers and students of this illusive mystery. l e o n a r d o r e v i e w s o n l i n e February 2018 Arthur Balfour’s Ghosts: An Edwardian Elite and the Riddle of Cross-Correspondence Automatic Writings by Trevor Hamilton. Reviewed by Anna Walker. Chinese Dance: In the Vast Land and Beyond by Shih-Ming Li Chang and Lynne E. Frederiksen; foreword by Emily Wilcox. Reviewed by Jonathan Zilberg. Code and Clay, Data and Dirt: Five Thousand Years of Urban Media by Shannon Mattern. Reviewed by Jussi Parikka. I Got a Song: A History of the Newport Folk Festival by Rick Massimo. Reviewed by John F. Barber. Mentored by a Madman: The William Burroughs Experiment by A.J. Lees. Reviewed by Jan Baetens. Modernist Informatics: Literature, Information, and the State by James Purdon. Reviewed by Boris Jardine. William Blake and the Age of Aquarius by Stephen F. Eisenman, with contributions from Mark Crosby, Elizabeth Ferrell, Jacob Henry Leveton , W.J.T. Mitchell, John P. Murphy. Reviewed by Michael Mosher. January 2018 The Beauty of Numbers in Nature: Mathematical Patterns and Principles from the Natural World by Ian Stewart . Reviewed by Phil Dyke. One and Five Ideas: On Conceptual Art and Conceptualism by Terry Smith; Image and Text in Conceptual Art: Critical Operations in Context by Eve Kalyva. Reviewed by Mike Leggett. The Runaway Species: How Human Creativity Remakes the World by Anthony Brandt and David Eagleman . Reviewed by Amy Ione. Textures of the Anthropocene: Grain Vapor Ray, edited by Katrin Klingan, Ashkan Sepahvand, Christoph Rosol and Bernd M. Scherer. Reviewed by Edith Doove. Traces of Vermeer by Jane Jelley. Reviewed by David G. Stork. Film as Philosophy, edited by Bernd Herzogenrath. Reviewed by Will Luers. December 2017 Gallery Sound by Caleb Kelly. Reviewed by John F. Barber. Live Wires: A History of Electronic Music by Daniel Warner. Reviewed by John F. Barber. Museum and Archive on the Move: Changing Cultural Institutions in...


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