Friday math movie - Nature by Numbers

By Murray Bourne, 07 May 2010

This is nicely done. Above an excellent music soundtrack, we see how Fibonacci Numbers can be observed in naturally occurring spirals, like the nautilus shell.

The we move on to the Golden Ratio and see how it's related to the patterns seen in sunflower seeds.

You'll enjoy it more if you have some background in Fibonacci Numbers and Golden Ratio (see Math of Beauty).

For some balance, see also Is Phi a Fibonacci Furphy?, where I outline some inconsistencies in such so-called perfect applications of Phi and Fibonacci in nature.

See the 2 Comments below.

2 Comments on “Friday math movie - Nature by Numbers”

  1. Suprakash Chakraborty says:

    Unbelievable! Astinishing! Gr8

  2. Amazing and interesting. says:

    A visual treat. As a math teacher when I say ' Math is seen every where' my students do not believe. They will be convinced.

Leave a comment

Comment Preview

HTML: You can use simple tags like <b>, <a href="...">, etc.

To enter math, you can can either:

  1. Use simple calculator-like input in the following format (surround your math in backticks, or qq on tablet or phone):
    `a^2 = sqrt(b^2 + c^2)`
    (See more on ASCIIMath syntax); or
  2. Use simple LaTeX in the following format. Surround your math with \( and \).
    \( \int g dx = \sqrt{\frac{a}{b}} \)
    (This is standard simple LaTeX.)

NOTE: You can't mix both types of math entry in your comment.

Search IntMath, blog and Forum