the golden mean


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the golden mean

the avoidance of extremes.
This phrase translates the Latin phrase aurea mediocritas , which comes from the Roman poet Horace's Odes.
See also: golden, mean

the happy/golden ˈmean

(approving) a course of action that is not extreme: To be honest, I don’t like either of the proposals. What we really need is a golden mean between the two.
See also: golden, happy, mean
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As we have seen in relation to the Golden Mean, it is possible to treat some topics very broadly indeed.
Now it was in fact our friend Kepler who discovered that the ratio of successive Fibonacci numbers converges to [phi], the Golden Mean.
On the last day of class, students viewed each postcard and carefully considered the use of color, the evidence of the Golden Mean, and the use of exaggerated proportion for effect.
While the ideal of the secular courtly lyric is the golden mean, the goal in Jacopone's mystic and poetic expression is precisely its opposite--that is, excess--as the following quote elucidates: "Il termine esmesuranza occupa nella mappa concettuale del Laudario lo stesso posto centrale che pertiene a mezura nel repertorio occitanico, ma la derivazione mediante prefisso capovolge diametralmente il senso della nuova unita lessicale.
The Golden Mean is a philosophical guideline associated with Greek ideal, "nothing too much," ["nothing to excess" is the way this is usually expressed.
In writing a history of the National Council of Women of Canada to commemorate its centennial anniversary, Naomi Griffiths has achieved the golden mean that satisfies the need to document the who, what, and when of the Council's prodigious growth and relative decline, and that also provides readers with a synopsis and subtle analysis of the key issues addressed by Council over the course of its history.
Some of the worst advice that has ever been repeated to general managers responsible for overseeing the marketing job are the famous words of Quintus Horatius Flaccus: Whoever cultivates the golden mean avoids both the poverty of the hovel and the envy of a palace.
The Golden Mean of mountain-bike prices is currently between $350 and $400.
Whether you're interested in the age of Plato and Aristotle or Poincar and Hilbert, whether you want to know more about the Pythagorean theorem or the golden mean, A History of Mathematics is an essential reference that will help you explore the incredible history of mathematics and the men and women who created it.
We set this ambitious goal, worked hard and finally have reached the golden mean," said Dennis Turpitka, CEO, Cloud Labs.
Ben Jaafar asserted that "the people's representatives will remain faithful to the Revolution objectives and will endeavour to preserve Tunisia's gains in the Constitution they are entrusted with drafting, in order to mirror moderation and the golden mean of Tunisians, who are deeply-rooted in their Arab-Moslem identity, and their openness on universal values.
the golden mean, adding an unexpected element, using appropriate materials); advises on how to choose the right architect and building site; and suggests thinking of how much your house costs by pound rather than square foot.
The tightly structured work uses proportions and shapes based on the Golden Mean, which is derived from the geometry that is found at all levels in nature.
Embodying mathematical ratios such as the golden mean, the system's balls and sticks lend themselves to polyhedron building.
Susan Mansourian, grade 9, Reseda High School, ``Fibonacci numbers and the golden mean.