Infinite flavor in a finite fruit pastry space!

Further reading: http://www.ams.org/publicoutreach/feature-column/fcarc-circle-limit

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# Category: Nature

## Coxeter Disc

## Golden Ratio (And Its Inverse) In Yin Yang

## Humor: Apple Pi

## Fibonacci Spiral Jigsaw Puzzle

## Circles and Golden Ratio

## The Plant That Is Able To Count Almost To Five

## Numbers In Nature

Infinite flavor in a finite fruit pastry space!

Further reading: http://www.ams.org/publicoutreach/feature-column/fcarc-circle-limit

The philosophy of the Yin Yang is depicted by the the “taichi symbol” (*taijitu*). In fact, Yin Yang is a concept of dualism, describing how seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary,

Curiously enough, in the taichi symbol are hidden the golden ratio and its reverse. As shown in the picture. Continue reading “Golden Ratio (And Its Inverse) In Yin Yang”

Each piece of this puzzle is similar (the same shape at a different size). The placement of the pieces is based on the golden angle (≈137.5º), and results in a pattern frequently found in nature (phyllotaxis), for instance on sunflowers. The puzzle features 8 spirals in one direction, and 13 in the other. You can build your own Fibonacci spiral puzzle by following John Edmark’s tutorial.

The last digit of the numbers in the Fibonacci Sequence are cyclic, they form a pattern that repeats after every 60th number: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 3, 1, 4, 5, 9, 4, 3, 7, 0, 7, 7, 4, 1, 5, 6, 1, 7, 8, 5, 3, 8, 1, 9, 0, 9, 9, 8, 7, 5, 2, 7, 9, 6, 5, 1, 6, 7, 3, 0, 3, 3, 6, 9, 5, 4, 9, 3, 2, 5, 7, 2, 9, 1.

We already knew birds can count, but what about plants? Is this idea so surrealist? No, it isn’t because research says the carnivorous plant with a suggestive name, *Venus Flytrap* (also referred to ‘Dionaea muscipula’), snaps its jaws shut only when the tiny hairs on the surface of the trapping structure formed by two lobes have been stimulated twice within a 20-second window. An additional stimulation primes the trap for digestion. Five stimulations trigger the production of digestive enzymes – and more additional hairs’ stimulations mean more enzymes.

Continue reading “The Plant That Is Able To Count Almost To Five”

*Diaethria phlogea*, the “89’98 butterfly”, is a species of butterfly of the Nymphalidae family found in Colombia, South America. The markings on its wing resemble a painted number: an 89, a 98 or even an 88.

Are there any other animals with numbers painted on their body?