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Today’s portfolio has a mathematical twist. Check out the article by Paul Blischak by Clicking on the title.

Fractals, Fibonacci, and Flowers

by Paul Blischak

Mathematics probably isn’t the first thing that people think about when tromping around outdoors. However, patterns in nature are abundant, and the aesthetic appeal of the different geometric shapes that are present in so many organisms has fascinated people for thousands of years. From proportional perfection to spirals and whorls, nature has a way of bringing out our inner mathematician, even if we aren’t aware of it (or simply don’t want to admit it).

One of the most striking patterns in nature is the Fibonacci spiral. Fibonacci spirals have proportions that follow the golden ratio and, though subtle, they are especially appealing. The golden ratio is a mathematical relationship that describes the proportion between two quantities and their sum. This relates to Fibonacci spirals in that every quarter turn of the spiral, when compared with the previous turn, is proportional to the golden ratio. Pinecones, snail shells and uncurling fern fronds are all examples of Fibonacci spirals.