Simplicity may not be simple

942309_10200545640674763_1523935635_nI never was good at mathematics. Somehow numbers have always fascinated me. This next story might be logical for any scientist ; to me, it is like a mystery wrapped in beauty.

Most daisies have 34, 55 or 89 petals. This is not a coincidence, because you will not find a daisy with 14, 22 or 56 petals. This mathematical law is known as the Fibonacci sequence. Now we are talking about a sequence of intergers in which each term is the sum of the two previous terms. That is to say 0 + 1 = 1 ; 1 + 1 = 2 ; 2 + 1 = 3 ; 3 + 2 = 5 and so on. So the sequence is : 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8,13, 21, 34, 55, 89,… If you figure out the ratio between two successive numbers, you get a transcendental number (like the number Pi, it never ends). It is called the “golden number”. It is written as 1.618 and followed by an infinite number of decimals. This golden number is at the core of the structure of the universe.

Amazing, isn’t it? So much complexity is revealed under simple nature. Simplicity may be more complex than it looks.


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