Unitxt’s Numerical Assault

Published August 14, 2009 by Graham

Did you know this is just a normal vending machine in Japan? They’re that fancy, now.

Music video for the Unitxt song “U_08-1,” directed by scientific sculptor Carsten Nicolai. Also, the numbers that comprise the lyrics have some kind of connection to the Golden Ratio. Any mathemagicians out there care to explain?

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  1. Jules says:

    I’ll have a go……

    The golden ratio is the never ending and never repeating number 1.6180339887……

    Any object which uses the proportions of the golden ratio is said to be aesthetically pleasing. Indeed, some would argue that we can go so far as to objectively define beauty as that which can be described with the golden ratio.

    We commonly see the golden ratio being expressed in art, music, architecture and nature. For example, the length of Mona Lisa’s face divided by the width is approximately 1.618. Even the length of the canvas divided by the width is 1.618. If we analyse Nefertiti’s or Angelina Jolie’s faces we see proportions such as distance between eyes and width of mouth which are consistent with the golden ratio (see http://www.beautyanalysis.com for an interesting take on this). The works of Mondrian are fabulous expressions of the golden ratio. Le Corbussier explicitly used the golden ratio in his Modulor system for the scale of architectural proportion. The golden ratio is also evident in the spirals of a nautilus shell, the head of a sunflower, the scales on pine cones and the arrangement of leaves around the stem of many plants.

    An investigation into the Fibonacci sequence 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55…. reveals the golden ratio in action but I won’t go into it here because it will take up too much space. I would recommend the book The Golden Ratio by Mario Livio for anyone who is interested in looking into this in more detail.

    In this short film the first five numbers on the vending machine (33, 98, 87, 49, 89) are digits in the Golden Ratio 1.61803398874989.

    I absolutely love love love the golden ratio and encourage you all to do a quick Google search. It’s one of the most fascinating topics in maths!

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