

O P E N F O R U M 
D E C O D I N G N A T U R E 



1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21… Do you see these
numbers anywhere around you? Look more carefully because they are
everywhere! If you are holding this magazine you can probably see
this pattern out of the corner of your eye! Confused? Read on to
clear your thoughts. 

The Basics
This pattern of numbers is called the Fibonacci sequence. The
Fibonacci numbers were first recognised as maatraameru (mountain of
cadence) by the Sanskrit grammarian Pingala. But, the sequence is
named after Leonardo de Pisa, also known as Leonardo Fibonacci, the
greatest European mathematician of the middle ages. Leonardo
Fibonacci was the first European to relate this sequence of numbers
to the natural world around him.
This
sequence: 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34… adds two
sequential numbers together to get the next. For example 1+1=2,
1+2=3, 2+3=5, and this continues infinitely. This sequence could be
developed by anybody who knows how to add, then why is it so
special?
It is special because there are innumerable examples in nature,
including honeybee populations and flower petal arrangements, which
exhibit the Fibonacci sequence or Fibonacci numbers. The bones in
your hand are a prefect example.


