Monday, 12 October 2015

Information, Mathematics and Beauty Characterise Our World

The Fibonacci series appears everywhere, even in pine cones.

Joel Kontinen

Contrary to the claims of Darwinists like Richard Dawkins, our world does not look like it was produced by a blind watchmaker. We see order and great beauty all around us.

Information, mathematics and beauty come together in the Fibonacci series. Discovered by a 13th century Italian mathematician, the series is not too complicated, as it involves adding together two integers, either beginning with 0 or 1, to produce a new number.

Each new number is the sum of the previous two numbers, for instance

0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144., or

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

We can find this sequence practically everywhere in nature, from the very small to the huge. We tend to see beauty in tiny seeds, shells, the petals of a flower and compound eyes, and even in the arms of spiral galaxies. (See examples here, here and here.)

We tend to associate the Fibonacci series with beauty. Indeed, if we divide any number in the series by the previous number, we’ll get a result that is not far from 1.618, which happens to be the golden ratio that is used in the arts and in architecture.

This kind of beauty does not come about by chance. In requires design – and intelligence.

It seems that our Creator was and is the greatest mathematician and artist of all times.


Reich, Lee. 2013. Nature follows a number pattern called Fibonacci. (20 February).