This years Festival of Plants at Cambridge Botanic Gardens will have a mathematical theme this year, demonstrating how prevalent mathematics manifests itself in nature. Specifically the Fibonacci sequence.
For those of you who are unaware of whom or what Fibonacci is – he was Leonard of Pisa, Fibonacci to his friends, who created a sequence of numbers that has relevance in all sorts of natural phenomena. The Fibonacci sequence states that the next number in the sequence is equal to the previous two numbers added together. For example 0,1,2,3,5,8,13,21 etc…
This sequence of numbers can also be applied to plants and flowers in the spiral patterns that are so prevalent in nature. Tree branching, the plated armour of a pineapple, the arrangement of scales in a pinecone and the arrangement of seeds in a sunflower can all be traced back to a natural version of the Fibonacci sequence.
As well as the mathematical theme, the festival will host a range of activities, a Q&A session for your gardening dilemmas and much more.
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