Fibonacci   …

Fibonacci                                                   Naturalis mathematica


There is a common misconception that randomness, chaos or asymmetry resemble the natural world more closely than symmetry and orderliness. However, there are many naturally occurring objects and patterns that follow rigid structure. One such structure found in nature is the Fibonacci sequence, a mathematical phenomenon that can be described by the following formula:

 Fn = Fn-1 + Fn-2

This sequence (also related to the golden ratio) can be found in many different, unrelated aspects of nature. The pattern on a pineapple, for example, follows a series of Fibonacci spirals that wrap around the fruit. A male bee’s genealogical line also follows this formula having one parent, two grandparents, three great-grandparents, and 5 great-great-grandparents, etc. The way a pine cone is raveled also follows this structure. So for all of our assumptions that humans are the only earthly creatures to exhibit order and structure, we must reexamine that concept and marvel at how much nature has taught us to be ordered.

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