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How to Free Your Inner MathematicianNotes on Mathematics and Life$
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Susan D'Agostino

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780198843597

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198843597.001.0001

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Look for beauty, because of Fibonacci numbers

Look for beauty, because of Fibonacci numbers

(p.85) 13 Look for beauty, because of Fibonacci numbers
How to Free Your Inner Mathematician

Susan D'Agostino

Oxford University Press

“Look for beauty, because of Fibonacci numbers” explains how to use addition to construct an ordered list of numbers known as the Fibonacci numbers. The chapter explores several unexpected and lovely examples of these numbers in nature, including the numbers of clockwise and counterclockwise spirals in sunflowers, cacti, and pinecones. The discussion includes numerous photographs illustrating Fibonacci numbers in nature. Mathematics students and enthusiasts are encouraged to accept the daily invitation to practice searching for and finding abundant mathematical beauty around them. At the chapter’s end, readers may check their understanding by working on a problem. A solution is provided.

Keywords:   Fibonacci, Fibonacci numbers, mathematics in nature, sunflower, math, student

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