Plant Spirals: Beauty You Can Count On

Date: 
Tuesday, October 1, 2002 to Wednesday, April 30, 2003
Location: 
Church Exhibition Gallery, Lyman Plant House

Intro | Exhibit Photos

Plant spirals can be seen almost everywhere if one knows to look for them. Botanists and mathematicians alike have been intrigued by them for centuries. This exhibition, a collaboration between the Botanic Garden and the Mathematics Department, explores the arrangement of spirals in the plant world. It presents the biology of how spiral patterns are formed and introduces a mathematical model that reproduces the plant spirals, offering an explanation as to why the Fibonacci numbers appear. It explores the world of Fibonacci numbers, the Golden Mean, spirals under the microscope, the universe of spiral lattices and much more.

For information about renting this exhibit, please contact Madelaine Zadik

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