Thursday, March 11, 2004

Arrgh! Yet Another Internet Quiz

What Irrational Number Are You?
You are φ
Of all the irrational numbers, you are considered to be the most beautiful. Those who know you well have called you by many names, all golden. However, most people don't know you by name and probably won't even recognize you by sight, but they do like to see you. Despite your pretty face, you are by no means shallow. You are involved it many things: finance, biology, architecture, art, music, and much more.

In some ways you and e are a nearly perfect match. The power and intensity of e excites you.

Your lucky number is approximately 1.61803399

Shiny Lemur
Straif's Blog

(link found via Letters of Marque)

It turns out phi (φ) is a pretty special number in nature and the universe. It pops up all over the place. I’m not much of a math person, but phi has some interesting math properties — phi2 = phi + 1. And phi shows up in human bodies, seashells, and sunflowers, making it known as “the golden ratio.” In art it’s used to make the “golden rectangle,” where the ratio between the long side of a rectangle and the short side is phi—the most visually appealing ratio to the human eye (the same ratio as that of a credit card). It’s also related to the Fibonacci sequence (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21). And according to goldennumber.net, it’s found in music (both composition and Stradivarius’s violins), population growth, DNA, and the Pyramids. The human body ratios are the most fascinating to me by far: phi is found in ratios of length from head to navel and navel to toe, finger bone lengths, arm to forearm lengths—the list goes on and on.

(The above is from Gross Anatomy)

Just like the What Personality Disorder Are You  quiz, this one is pretty far off the mark.  I am not beautiful, my navel is too close to the ground, and I am not at all involved in music.