Steve Schwartzman takes amazing photos of Texas wildflowers. I recently started using his photography tips in my nature shots (that’s my photo above). Yesterday he blogged about March 14 being π day (3.14 day). i love numbers and math(s) so i was intrigued to find out more about the magical number that is π. Numbers help explain many things in nature eg. Fibonacci sequences appear in the spirals found in plants* (pine cones, an uncurling fern).
I commented on Steve Schwartzman’s blog that
numbers make the world go round
Steve Schwartzman congratulated my pun, which until then i hadn’t got. my sub-conscious is very witty, it takes the rest of me a moment to catch up.
“It is often said that sunflowers and similar arrangements have 55 spirals in one direction and 89 in the other (or some other pair of adjacent Fibonacci numbers), but this is true only of one range of radii, typically the outermost and thus most conspicuous.” – Prusinkiewicz & Lindenmayer (1990) The Algorithmic Beauty of Plants Springer-Verlag pp. 101–7 ISBN 9780387972978