Fibonacci Sequence in Nature and Plants.

I was so fascinated by the pictorial representation of mathematical sequences and patterns embedded in plants, flowers, trees and even in the spiral shapes of our galaxies that I felt compelled to reblog ‘plantsandbeyond’s’ post. It is my hope that you enjoy it as much as I do.

Plants and Beyond

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The Fibonacci sequence appears in the smallest, to the largest objects in nature. It is a way for information to flow in a very efficient manner.

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The actual Fibonacci sequence is this series of numbers: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34. Simply put, the next number in the sequence is formed by adding up the previous 2 numbers. (0 + 1 = 1, 1 + 1 = 2, 2 + 1 = 3, and so on.)

The Fibonacci sequence is named after Leonardo of Pisa, who was known as Fibonacci. Though Fibonacci first introduced the sequence to the western world in 1202, it had been noted by Indian mathematicians as early as the sixth century.

The Fibonacci defines how the density of branches increases up a tree trunk, the arrangement of leaves on a stem, and how a pine cone’s scales are arranged. Yet you will…

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11 comments

  1. Pit · January 8, 2018

    Thanks for the interesting info. And for the beautiful pictures. 🙂

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  2. kopfundgestalt · January 8, 2018

    Peter, nice!
    Here what I found on scinexx, a german scientific journal, yesterday:
    http://www.scinexx.de/wissen-aktuell-22262-2018-01-03.html
    It’s about the Langevin-formula, which describes the flight scenario of a cloud of flies…

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    • Peter Klopp · January 8, 2018

      Many thanks for passing on the link, Gerhard! A very interesting article indeed! I wonder whether similar observations can be made with swarming birds, the flocks of which often number into the thousands, but appear to fly as if there were one single entity.

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  3. Stella, oh, Stella · January 8, 2018

    Fascinating, isn’t it? Makes one think that nothing is coincidental … 😉

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  4. Jodi · January 8, 2018

    Wow! Fascinating! And Beautiful!

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  5. taphian · January 9, 2018

    That’s really very interesting, dear Peter. I only knew that nature was made in the golden ratio. Kind regards Mitza

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  6. corneliaweberphotography · January 10, 2018

    Thank you Peter, I have always been fascinated by the geometry and architecture of plants. All our technology is build upon that, and I often wonder how much the people know about this.

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    • Peter Klopp · January 11, 2018

      Actually very few people do. The connection between structures in nature and geometry should be taught in school. Thanks for your insightful comment, Cornelia!

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      • corneliaweberphotography · January 11, 2018

        Absolutely agree with you Peter, that this should be taught in school, because it is much mind opening to greater places of thinking.

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  7. Ruth · January 12, 2018

    My mother was fascinated by Fibonacci and took many opportunities to bring it to our attention, growing up.

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