Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Mathematics in Nature or the Creator’s Mathematics

The Fibonacci sequence in a pineapple. Image courtesy of Suniltg, CC BY 3.0.

Joel Kontinen

Almost everything in nature looks as though it cannot have come about without design. On a short video, Cristóbal Vila shows how Fibonacci numbers appear in surprising objects, such as shells, the petals of a flower and in compound eyes.

In a Fibonacci sequence the next number is the sum of the previous two numbers, for instance 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89 or

Fn = F n-1 + F n-2.

The Creator’s mathematics can be very beautiful.