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By Edward Dolnick

On may well 24, 1869, a one-armed Civil struggle veteran named John Wesley Powell and a ragtag band of 9 mountain males launched into the final nice quest within the American West. not anyone had ever explored the fabled Grand Canyon; to adventurers of that period it was once a zone nearly as mysterious as Atlantis -- and as perilous.

The ten males set out down the potent Colorado River in wood rowboats. Six survived. Drawing on hardly ever tested diaries and journals, Down the good Unknown is the 1st booklet to inform the whole, actual story.

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1). √ 5 spiral (from Lawlor, Sacred 27 28 Architecture and Mathematics in Ancient Egypt The Golden Section and ancient Egyptian art and architecture Concerning ancient Egypt, in many cases, the Golden Section-based geometrical constructions appear to be based on very unlikely starting points. Sometimes, however, they seem to rely upon more convincing details. Before turning to Badawy’s theory, the most convincing and substantial of all, here is a brief review of some interpretations suggested by other scholars.

The architects would have traced the central axis of symmetry, then used the 1:2, 1:4 and 1:8 triangles to fix some special points of the plan (fig. 28). The next step would have been the ‘constructional diagram’, usually a combination of squares and triangles which were supposed to define the general outline of the building. Finally 27 Badawy also suggested that the Egyptians used the 8:5 triangle to construct the heptagon, which he connected to the emblem of the goddess Seshat, who is often represented performing foundation ceremonies with the king.

In search of ‘the rule’ Fig. 15: Visualisation of the relationship among elements of a continuous proportion, above, and of the Golden Section, below (drawn after Vandenbroeck, Philosophical Geometry, figs. 25g and h). 25 26 Architecture and Mathematics in Ancient Egypt Another important point is the connection with the numerical series named after the Italian scholar Leonardo from Pisa, also called Fibonacci (1175–1240). It is a series of numbers in which each term is the sum of the two previous: 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, 610, 987, .

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