Teen catches error in 34 year old Golden Ratio Formula

Museum of Science established in the year 1830 in Massachusetts, Boston is home for over 700 exhibits. From the year 1981 onwards, Charles and Ray Wames designed Golden ratio formula exhibit was present in the museum with some errors in the formula which no one noticed.

Recently, a 15 year old boy Joseph Rosenfield visited this Museum of Science on a family trip and found to his surprise, some minus signs instead of plus signs in the formula exhibit. He then left a message at the desk for the error to be corrected and exhibit content developer of museum Mr Alan Parkes sent his reply to the boy saying that the mistake would be rectified. Rosenfield said he felt excited on finding errors as these errors do not happen each and every day.

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Entrance to Boston Museum of Science

Many reporters have praised the teen regarding his numerical wizardry. Rosenfield, a resident of Winchester in Virginia talked about the logic in finding error in the formula. According to him, when he first saw the golden ratio formula, he felt it was not proper and even checked Wikipedia using his mobile phone. Then he left a message for which he got reply from Alan Parkes that the mistake was there for long time and would be corrected soon.

Museum of Science spokeswomen Erin Shannon released statement saying that the formula is correct and its way of presenting golden ratio is less common but no less accurate. An Emeritus Professor in Mathematics, Arthur Mattuck, said that Golden ratio is normally presented the way museum does and there is nothing wrong in that.

Joseph Rosenfield said that his interests and curiosity in science and maths were mainly due to the project he did in his sixth grade on Golden Ratio at Daniel Morgan Middle School where his interests increased due to his teacher Ms Carpenter. Rosenfield gave credit to his teacher Ms Carpenter who clarified all his doubts and created curiosity in him. Rosenfield further said that he hoped to return to the state someday in future to study in prestigious  Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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