Last month a Duke University engineer linked the golden ratio to evolutionary biology and the mechanisms of vision and cognizant processes. Now, researchers have discovered the ratio within solid state matter. In order to study material of the nanoscale quantum effects, researchers looked to the magnetic material cobalt niobate. Cobalt niobate consists of linked magnetic atoms that are only one atom wide. The process involved transforming the magnetic chain into a state called quantum critical, which is the equivalent to the fractal pattern and leads to the golden ratio. Introducing more quantum uncertainty, by applying magnetic fields at specific angles, causes the chain to vibrate like guitar strings, and these vibratory patterns produce resonant notes. By measuring the distance and frequencies of these notes the pattern of a perfect relationship was created with a pitch in the ratio of 1.618…the golden ratio.
Just as the adapted system of vision incorporated the natural system of the golden ratio into the aesthetic manipulation of art and architecture, the translation of the quantum system into a fractal lexicon seems to reveal the same system at play under a different guise. There appears to be no limits to this prophetic geometric that has been behind human civilization's most astonishing cultural feats as well as inherent in natural design. It should therefore come as no surprise to see it within all systematic processes once we enable the means to incorporate it into our dominant reality.
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