Golden Ratio, Golden Rule

Hello.

Hey!

Hi there.

My name’s Tree.

I follow only one rule.

It’s called the rule of the golden ratio.

And if I don’t follow the rule, something really, really bad will happen.

When one branch sprouts another, their length ratio is equivalent to the ratio of their sum and the longer branches’ length.

My flowers and my cones, and even my DNA have to follow this rule, otherwise very bad things will come to pass; so bad that I don’t even know what the bad things are.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but even my sentences have to follow this rule, and I don’t want the bad things to happen, so why not count the words in my sentence to see if they follow the rule, and I’ll stop talking or my next sentence will have eighty nine words in it.

Well, I didn’t want to sign off without saying goodbye, so I’ll take this chance to wish you a very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very very nice day.

T.


 

The Explanation

The Golden Ratio is a theoretical number that produces visually appealing proportions. Two quantities follow the Golden Ratio if their ratio is the same as the ratio of their sum to the larger of the two quantities. It’s pretty close to 2:3:5, or 1.618…

It manifests in lots of places in nature and history: tree branches; blood vessels; galactic super-clusters; nautilus shells, which you’d find on the beach; even the relationship between the lengths of the segments of your own fingers. During the Renaissance, scribes would even produce books to these proportions with millimetre accuracy.

So what’s the poor tree doing? He’s bound by the rule of the Golden Ratio. The number of words in each successive sentence must follow the Fibonacci sequence: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34 etc. Count them if you don’t believe me. If he doesn’t follow the rule, who knows what will happen!

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