**1,6180339897…….**

One story has it that when the Greek mathematician Hippasus of Metapontum

discovered in the fifth century B.C, that the Golden Ratio is a number that is neither a whole number (like the familiar 1,2,3,….) nor even a ratio of two whole numbers (like fractions ½, 2/3, ¼,…; known collectively as *rational numbers*), this absolutely shocked the others followers of the famous mathematician Pythagoras.The Pythagorean worldview was bases on an extreme admiration for the *arithmos – *for the presumed role in the cosmos.

The realization that there exist numbers, like the Golden Ratio, that go on forever without displaying any repetition or pattern caused as a true philosophical crisis.

Legend even claims that, overwhelmed with this stupendous discovery, the Pythagoreans sacrificed a hundred oxen in awe, althoug this unlikely, given the fact that the Pythagoreans were vegetarians.