Spirals, Fibonacci, and Being a Plant

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Our favorite mathemagician, Vi Hart, jams on Fibonacci.

12 thoughts on “Spirals, Fibonacci, and Being a Plant

  1. Think Green Limo says:

    Seems like a fun thing to do if you have a lot of free time on your hands :) I am usually too busy driving for my Green Limousine company http://www.thinkgreenlimo.com   Pretty crafty idea not the less. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Todd Carter says:

    Totally cool video!

  3. Bill Griggs says:

    That is one of the best videos explaining Math I have ever seen. Fantastic! Recently a young boy in NY figured out that the branches and leaves of a tree are arranged in Fibonacci spirals. He placed solar cells in that arrangement and got a 50% increase in efficiency compared to a flat panel. Pretty cool  stuff?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Viheart FTW

  5. bigattichouse says:

    The “don’t know what this is” is the seed pod from a magnolia, specifically the big magnolias in the southern U.S.

  6. Anonymous says:

    This is a really fabulous video, Vi. I love how you leave questions for investigators — young or old — to sort out. I have access to the giant pine cones from a longleaf pine; I want to tray coloring and counting the spirals.

    Cristóbal Vila’s wonderful artistic video Nature by Numbers is complementary to Vi’s video. He shows a PHI-ray gun!

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at garstipsandtools.com.

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