Athena Multiskills have chosen as their Logo the Elevated Icosidodecahedron, created by Leonardo da Vinci in 1509 as an illustration for the book “The Divine Proportion” by the Italian mathematician Luca Pacioli. In doing so, we salute the creative genius of Leonardo da Vinci(1452-1519), the painter-artist, sculptor, military engineer, botanist, architect, anatomist, geologist and musician---the quintessential “Renaissance Man”, acknowledged by historians as one of the greatest thinkers of all times, with an unquenchable thirst for seeking knowledge.
The science of Geometry is more than 5000 years old. Geometric shapes are known to have existed in the ancient Indus Valley and in the Babylonian Empire which flourished circa 3000 BC. Over the ages, geometrical postulates have fanned speculation over the spatial nature of the universe. Also, throughout the history of mankind, arts and sciences have remained interlinked and this phenomenon has continuously propelled the human mind to seek new meaning in surrounding life.
The Golden Ratio is one such idea which dates back 2500 years. Two quantities are in Golden Ratio if they are in the same ratio to each other as the ratio of the larger of these two quantities to their total sum. Thus evolved the concept of beauty in terms of balanced relative proportion. The Golden Ratio (1:1.618) came to be identified in more recent times by the Greek letter ‘phi’.
On another plane, the ancient civilizations concerned themselves with the shape and sizes of objects. While historic evidence on this does go back to antiquity, it was the Greek philosopher Plato (427-347 BC) who identified five solids --- the tetrahedron (4 faces), the cube (6 faces), the octahedron (8 faces), the dodecahedron (12 faces) and the icosahedron (20 faces) and linked them to the elements-fire, water, earth, air.
More than a century later, the Greek mathematician Archimedes (287-212 BC) conceived the 13 different types of symmetric convex polyhedrons composed of two or more types of polygons. Even though the classical texts written by Archimedes are believed to be lost, treatises of mathematicians of the same era provided deep insight into the creative capabilities of such brilliant minds These 13 convex polyhedrons have been named as Archimedian Solids.
As the classical texts were lost, the Renaissance Age in Europe, identified with the rejuvenation of the seeking mind, brought to the fore the quest for ancient wisdom. The Italian mathematician Luca Pacioli believed that the Golden Ratio was a gift of the gods to the mankind and called it the “Divine Proportion”, naming his book so to explain this mathematical postulate. Leonardo da Vinci provided the illustrations for this book to explain these phenomenon. Among these is the illustration of two Archimedian solids--- the Icosahedron and the Dodecahedron --- merged together in the Golden Ratio so that these two geometrical solids act as duals of each other. A dodecahedron can be obtained by joining the midpoints of the Icosihedron , and vice versa.
Athena Multiskills have chosen to adopt as their logo the Elevated Icosidodecahedron, created more than 500 years ago by Leonardo da Vinci, because we believe that the quest for the ultimate truths starts with the expansion of our own mental horizons. We believe very firmly that professional competence and business- like approach to solving problems are acquired through integration and synthesis of ideas, and not through narrow compartmentalization. What is revered in our own ethos as Satyam Shivam Sundaram is nothing but sagacious acceptance of the belief that a mind seeking forever to enlighten itself on the myriad mystiques of the universe will not be satisfied with shallow answers and would seek its own paths to fulfillment in life. This is what we intend to convey to all those who come to us.