Why the Golden Ratio matters
Darrin Crescenzi

Asynsis: How Φ Flows in Time To Synergise Simplexity Most Easily


“Hidden harmonies are more than obvious.”


How does Nature Self-Organise her Designs Most Easily?

For “Synergise Simplexity,” let’s instead call it “Synplexity”.

Let’s talk about Nature’s archetypal fractal form and how it represents information flows in Space and in Time.

Φ — Phi, the Golden Ratio has been a spatial icon of arts, design and architectural beauty and proportion since first references to it in the works of Pythagoras, Plato & Euclid.

But really, looking exclusively at only Spatial interpretations are so last century anyway. We really need to look much more at what nature is doing in Time.

So what’s the original “no prior art” contribution that the Asynsis paradigm makes to our understanding of the golden ratio?

  1. Beyond the spatial and statics — how it also behaves in time and dynamics, in both inanimate and animate systems
  2. How it acts as an emergent geometric signature of the principles of least action and least energy
  3. How it also reveals ideal geometric (information relational), forms from optimal Constructal thermodynamic, irreversible energy and resource flows
  4. How it yields Complexity most Simply via Synplexity: leveraging Computational Complexity Universality
  5. How it behaves as an elementary source code for Emergence itself.

What we’re describing here is a feedback flow system that displays resilience and adaptivity while skirting the edge of chaos; not just a fossil form deposited by those flows; and it’s an effective constant of nature, a source-code for emergence at all scales, including the stellar and planetary-celestial mechanical.

For (a botanical) example, is the entire repertoire of plant phyllotaxis an illusion?

Plants are telling us something, that we need to think harder about the Temporal; about thermodynamics and morphogenesis, as Alan Turning did in his last research on the Fibonacci series, phyllotaxis and morphogenesis before he tragically died at an early age.

We need to look at both the animate and inanimate, at the dynamical and space-time, not just the frozen and static. 
It seems the way nature works is to manifest the golden ratio not just as a spatial fossil, but rather as an optimal, emergent temporal, energy flow signature and facilitator of ideally resilient and adaptive recursive feedback loops. 
We need to discern that it reveals (as a frequently emergent geometric pattern — or again, signature), how in nature it behaves as an energy and resource efficiency (& beauty) constant; with profound implications for promoting a more sustainable, circular, feedback-led civilisational path in the face of the unfolding climate (biosphere, economic and so political), crisis that we increasingly face.

Much of current debate in the design industries is only over the residue or sedimentary forms of these dynamical flows — so we are missing half the picture (as I’ve been saying since first publication in AD Magazine, based on Masters studies in Architecture & Computer Science at the University of Westminster, London, followed by an Architecture Association School seminar at the invitation of Tom Verebes and Michael Hensel).

Entropy begets Design — QED

What the sciences of complexity and dynamical systems have been sharing recently is that the golden ratio is one of several optimal, analogical geometric signatures of how nature evolves emergent complexity — how she synplexitises most playfully (but adaptively and resiliently), most easily, most frugally and rapidly— over time.

It’s a dynamical behaviour, a verb not a noun.

It’s not the phone number, but the very action of dialing.

Here’s how I Tweet it:

#Asynsis #DaoOfDesign on #TED at #TEDxWanchai #HongKong.

A New, Extremely Lean, Mean (#Design) #TheoryOfEverything

Watch “Form follows flow | Nigel Reading | TEDxWanChai” Video at TEDxTalks

TED: Asynsis@TEDx Wanchai Aug 23 2014

Nigel Anthony Reading RIBA LEED GA (asynsis) on about.me


The very latest examples of this Asynsis principle (including E8 & ER=EPR, Quantum (Self-Organised) Criticality/Edge of Chaos-Strange NonChaotic Attractors/Poised Realm/Phi-OrchOR/Benford’s Law/Nash Equilibrium/KAM Golden Tori, Constructal law and Dynamical Systems Universality), are shared here (enjoy!):


So φ: is a geometric relationship that finds expressions in many fields, including: physics, chemistry, biology, ecology, economics and art, not to mention our own field of architecture and design.

Therefore, it seems what we have here is an effective new design ToE with a strong historical pedigree.

E8 — Asynsis
Falling for Φ

Illustrations by respectively, Sam Chivers, J Gregory Moxness & Sam Chivers

“The principle of the universe will be simple and beautiful.”
Albert Einstein