Math Is Natural
I love to go on nature walks, especially in the spring when flowers are in bloom. It can be a great time to look for math in nature. Don’t believe me? If you look closely, you’ll see that parts of some plants grow in spirals, such as the seed pattern in a sunflower. This pattern is a wonderful illustration of the mathematical and artistic concept of the “golden ratio” occurring in nature. To see how it works, visit mathsisfun.com/numbers/nature-golden-ratio-fibonacci.html. You’ll also find the golden ratio in spiral seashells, pine cones and flower petals.
Plants aren’t the only examples of math occuring in nature. Did you know that butterflies are a beautiful model of bilateral symmetry? Most animals, including humans, have bilateral symmetry, which means that each half is an approximate reflection of the other half.
For more examples of math in nature, flip through the photo slideshow at abc.net.au/science/photos/mathsinnature. Next time you’re in the backyard or taking a walk in the park, see if you can spot the math in nature.
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