tattoo #3?

 

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This is definitely one of the most impressively thought-out tattoos I’ve come across in a while. It’s not as aesthetically aligned with my minimalist preference for tattoos…but damn. My personal taste may have to make an exception.

Included in the ink are pretty much some of life’s fundamental equations, depicting keys for its coolest mysteries. Like I wish I realized how cool math and science really are while I was still in high school…time for some epic knowledge-dropping:

Fibonacci Sequence A series of numbers in which the next number is found by adding the two before it

0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, …

 It can also be mapped as a spiral with the square widths:

fibonacci-spiral

Logarithmic Spiral is also known as the Spira mirabilis, which is Latin for “miraculous spiral.” It is named as such by Jacob Bernoulli because of its unique mathematical properties: even though the size of the spiral increases, its shape remains the same (called self-similarity).

 

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This spiral often appears in nature:

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2306D68A9golden-spiral-cactus

 

 

 

 

Take a look at that stellar link between the physical cosmos and the biological. The spiral also embodies the Fibonacci Sequence and the Golden Ratio.

Golden Ratio When the ratio of two quantities is the same as the ratio of their sum to the larger of the two quantities.

golden-section

What the hell does that mean? Basically, when the longer part, divided by the smaller part = the whole length, divided by the longer part. One can think of it as “golden” because when found in subjects such as art and architecture, it’s thought to be the most aesthetically pleasing proportion.golden-rectangle-ratio

 

Check it:

Geometry

phi-geometry-3-lines

phi-geometry-pentagon

phi-geometry-square

phi-geometry-triangle

 

 

 

 

Art

golden-ratio-art-mathematics-mona-lisa-golden-mean

last-supper-phi-golden-ratio

 

 

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Architecture

parthenon-golden-ratio
Source: http://www.mathisfun.com (LOL)

Chambered Nautilus When cut away, it reveals an equiangular/logarithmic spiral (NOT to be mistaken with the golden spiral, though)

NautilusCutawayLogarithmicSpiral

 

DNA/Double Helix Deoxyribonucleic acid is the molecule responsible for the genetic encoding for all known living organisms and viruses. The double helix is formed by double-stranded molecules of nucleic acids. Base pairs are the building blocks of the DNA double helix: guanine-cytosine and adenine-thymine. This is the necessary code that gets passed on from generation to generation and maintains the continuation of various species.

DNA_double-helix

 

Clearly, I’m no expert. Even though my genetic scientist mother tries to explain as many intricacies of her field as she can to me, I’ll stay within my artistic and journalistic realm of writing praising prose about the miracles of life, instead. But hey- for a really great, easy-read article that explains how DNA works and why it’s so cool, definitely >>click here<<

YEAH, LEARNING! Geeking out to the max and I don’t even care. You can tell I’ve been on a recent Cosmos binge, huh? 😛

 

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