Design of Life

May 31, 2012


Life and the Golden Ratio


“All life is biology.  All biology is physiology.  All physiology is chemistry.  All chemistry is physics.  All physics is math.”

Dr. Stephen Marquardt



The design of life is based on a “Golden Ruler™”

It has long been known that the Golden Section, or Divine Proportion, appears in certain proportions of living organisms.  In 1997, I began to wonder how universal this was and how far it could be applied.  I took a golden section of a line not just once, but many times, to form what I like to call the “golden ruler,” shown as follows:

First, take a line and divide it so that the proportion of (B) to (A) is the same as the proportion of (C) to (B):

Sectioning a line to form the Golden Section, Golden Ratio or Divine Proportion based on Phi

Divide the line again and again in the same way:

Successive Golden Sections of a Line to show phi or golden ratio points

Combine the segments to create a measuring stick or “Golden Ruler™:”

The "Golden Ruler" - a Fibonacci Measuring Stick (copyright EOT 1997)

This appears in the proportions of many life forms:

In the dimensions of the human body:

The human hand, face and body all exhibit the phi, the golden ratio, the Divine proportion

In the dimensions of the human face:

The human face is based on phi, the golden ratio, the Divine Proportion

In the dimensions of spirals in sea shells:

phi, the golden proportion or Divine proportion is in spirals of a sea shell

In the dimensions of the body sections of insects:

Phi, the golden ratio or Divine proportion is seen in body sections of an ant

In the dimensions of fins and other key body features in sea life:

The body proportions of a dolphin show Phi, the golden ratio or Divine proportion

 The Golden Ruler™ can be expanded to a Golden Grid™

You can take the process another step further by creating a “Golden Grid,” taking it from one dimension to two dimensions:

Golden Grid by Gary Meisner, used to unveil and apply phi, the golden proportion

This approach can be used to explain the physical proportions of many life forms, but the most beautiful application is found in humans:

The Golden Grid and the Human Face showing phi, or golden ratio, proportions throughout its design

It appears that this “golden ruler” is a common, if not universal, metric in the design of living organisms.

Try it on the Do It Yourself page!

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

jamsheedh cv July 16, 2012 at 3:17 am

nice info.not a complete or vast info.its just pointing only.please include more info.


Gary Meisner July 29, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Please see the links in the Life category in the right margin of this page for additional information on phi and the golden ratio in life, or go to the Golden Ratio in Life category page.


Angry Hari November 3, 2012 at 9:06 am

thanx for the amazing info. i have already read about it in The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. Could you please include more geometrical charts from which we can derive phi?


Gary Meisner November 4, 2012 at 10:03 pm

The Geometry page is a great place to start for geometric constructions of phi.


Gayatri July 7, 2013 at 8:38 am

Could you provide a printable golden ratio grid like the one in the image above along with the one already in the DIY page?


Prof. Plammoottil Cherian August 7, 2013 at 5:17 am

This is an excellent description of the divine design and I congratulate you for the explanation and the many drawings to explain the human body, the spirals of shell of a snail or the body of an insect. Wonderfully and beautifully explained. Prof. Plammoottil Cherian, M.Sc., Ph. D


Ian Schoeman February 23, 2014 at 8:56 am

Absolutely fascinating. Thanks


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