Why God Must Have Been a Mathematician: The Fibonacci Sequence & Other Numbers in Nature

Derivatives & Demons

First off, let’s review the Fibonacci sequence of numbers. (Fibonacci was an Italian mathematician in the 11th century.) The sequence starts with 0, then 1, then each additional number is simply the sum of the two preceding numbers.
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To illustrate, 0 + 1 = 1 | 1 + 1 = 2 | 1 + 2 = 3 | 2 + 3 = 5 | 3 + 5 = 8 | 5 + 8 = 13 | … and so on. Take all the individual sums and you have the Fibonacci sequence: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, … and on to infinity.

To see the occurrence of this sequence in nature, it is useful to assign the Fibonnaci values to the ratios of the lengths of structural lines of naturally occurring objects. Begin by taking each of the numbers in order and drawing…

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