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## Mathematical Beauty

By:
Laura Jayne Wood
(School of Mathematics)
Competition Year: 2014
Votes (6) | Comments (0) |
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A few bright petals and food for a bee?

Look a bit closer at the spirals inside

Because you’ve found a place where maths chose to hide.

Count the seeds that are winding anti-clockwise

Then the other way too, now here’s the surprise

The numbers you get, they will always be

Two terms from the sequence of Fibonacci

Take the two numbers, decide which is bigger

Divide by the smaller and you’ll have a figure

A lot like the number that we like to call

The Golden Ratio - a perfect proportion to all

For the leaves of a plant to get the most light

This ratio is used to keep each leaf in sight

For the angle at which the leaves spread around

Divide degrees in a circle by the ratio found

This is one place of many where maths plays a part

As well as appearing in music and art

Look all around you, it’s easy to see

How beautiful mathematics can really be.