These beautiful sunflowers are growing in our garden, the sun was in the perfect position to get this capture.
Mathematics could be our way of explaining the chaotic world around us with a system of numbers. Many mathematical concepts are abundant in nature. During the European Renaissance, maths (and music) was called perfect arts. Plants, and all other forms of life, have evolved through adapting to their surroundings. Sunflowers, for instance, face the sun by way of a special growth-regulator on the shady side of the plant that causes it to grow faster than the sunny side, causing the plant to bend. This is a product of millenia of evolution. Take another look at a sunflower; take a closer look at the flower itself. Notice how tightly-packed the seeds are in the center of the flower? One could easily assume that this is another product of perfection through evolution; the flower packing its seeds in neat spirals emanating from the center. But, that isn’t the case. It’s an example of the Fibonacci Series appearing in nature. Examining flowers for instance, note that most daisies have 34, 55 or 89 petals. Those numbers should be familiar; they are the 9th, 10th, and 11thFibonacci Numbers. If you have ever wondered why four-leaf clovers are so rare, it’s because four isn’t a Fibonacci number.
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Featured 24th March 2011
Natures Perfection – Sunflower
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