Connecting Mathematics and Nature in the Fibonacci Sequence

The Fibonacci Sequence (also commonly referred to as the golden ratio) is a numbering sequence that was discovered by Leonardo Fibonacci in the year 1202 as a connection between mathematics and nature – specifically, his research was on the breeding of rabbits.

For those who are unfamiliar, the sequences goes as follows: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144.. Etc.

 

The most accessible in-life visual is to go check out the nearest pinecone or outer layer of a pineapple; the mathematical pattern is blaringly apparent on those, though it is found in many flowers, plants, fruits, and, interestingly, in DNA molecules.

In The Tao of Physics, by Fritjof Capra, addresses the interconnectedness between math and nature: “Many mathematicians, in fact, believe that mathematics is not just a language to describe nature, but is inherent in nature itself.”

This idea is fascinating, particularly from a part of the world that likes to separate science and nature, as a way to challenge that way of thinking about everything as it’s own category, rather than two smaller sections of one whole product.

 

This video is a little sneak peak into the beauty of the Fibonacci sequence:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nt2OlMAJj6o

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One thought on “Connecting Mathematics and Nature in the Fibonacci Sequence

  1. While this set of numbers does have interesting connections to nature, it is also very interesting from a mathematics perspective. Here is a pretty awesome TED talk on the topic!

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