The Fibonacci Sequence – Mathematics in Nature

The Fibonacci sequence is a famous series of numbers where the next number in the sequence is the result of adding up the two that came before it. As a result, the sequence follows this pattern:

1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233 etc.

It’s a formula that we all learn about at some point when we are going through school, but the great thing about the Fibonacci sequence is that it’s translated into nature.

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Here you can see the golden spiral, which is created using the Fibonacci sequence. Looks a lot like a shell doesn’t it? Well…

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That’s because the sequence can be seen throughout nature! Here’s a gallery showing some beautiful natural Fibonacci patterns:

 

 

 

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