The universe is spooky

I’m a math geek, so this might be more up my alley than most.

That said, every so often, I encounter some basic mathematical concept embedded in nature. This particular story involves the Fibonacci Sequence:

  • 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, …

Each term is the sum of the two previous terms. The Fibonacci Sequence crops up in all sorts of places. For example, if you pick up a pine cone and start counting the number of petals (bracts) at each level, it will exactly follow the Fibonacci sequence. Lots and lots of examples of this in nature.

This tweet offers another example, one I’ve not seen before. Basically, you can use the Fibonacci Sequence to convert miles to kilometers and back again.

Crazy, right? If this sort of thing interests you, take a look at the spiral pictures on the Fibonacci number Wikipedia page. Some spooky geeky stuff there.