Fibonacci in the Natural World

Yesterday I wrote about the finding the Fibonacci Sequence in the rays and tiers of New York’s Chrysler Building.  The Sequence appears everywhere.  In pinecones and artichokes and nautilus shells and the human ear’s cochlea.

Fibonacci Spiral

I’ve been reading about Fibonacci today, and I learned that its numbers (when divided into each other) move ever closer to the Golden Ratio that has been a hallmark of architecture from the Taj Mahal to the Parthenon.  Which makes the Chrysler Building’s homage to Fibonacci all the more resonant.

Since I’ve talked a lot about Fibonacci in architecture, I thought it was only fitting to end with this terrific video that talks about Fibonacci in plants.  It’s a fun and creative film — even for those who don’t like math.


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