Monday, May 3, 2010

Fibonacci and Fractals in Nature

Examples where mathematics can be seen in the things around us...

1. "Fibonacci Numbers and Nature"

From rabbits to shells to flowers to vegetables, Fibonacci numbers (0, 1,
1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, etc) are everywhere in the natural world.

2. "Fractals in Nature"
A fractal is "a rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be split
into parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a reduced-size
copy of the whole," a property called self-similarity. [Wikipedia]
Not just theoretical constructs, fractals are present in nature.

More good stuff at
* "PHI: The Golden Ratio or Golden Section"

* "The Mandelbrot Set"

* "Various Fractal Types and Categories of 'Chaos'"

3. More Mathematics in Nature
* "Maths in Nature"

* "Nature by Numbers: linking math to nature"

* "Geometry In Nature: The DNA of Design"