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Golden Ratio found

  1. Jan 10, 2010 #1
    So I've read that phi (1.6) has been found at the quantum level, and from what i've been told this is a major breakthrough. But I fail to see the relevance. I was wondering if anyone felt that this is a major breakthrough, and could explain this to me?

    edit: posting link to article http://esciencenews.com/articles/2010/01/07/golden.ratio.discovered.a.quantum.world
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  3. Jan 10, 2010 #2


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    It's a phase transition into a particular symmetry state in a cobalt niobate compound. The actual paper was published in Science this past Friday:

    R. Coldea et al., Science v.327, p. 177 (2010).

    A brief review can be found at PhysicsWorld:


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