Purposeful Patterns

Nov 10, 2021 | Blog | 0 comments

 

What are Fibonacci numbers?

Fibonacci numbers are one of many pieces of evidence for God’s existence. They are a patterned sequence that can be found everywhere throughout nature: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34 and so on. Every number in the pattern is the sum of the two previous numbers: 0+1=1, 1+1=2, 1+2=3, 2+3=5, and so on.
 

One common example is the pattern arrangement of flower petals.

The Black-eyed Susan has 21 petals, a Fibonacci number. The Shasta daisy has 34 petals, again a Fibonacci number. The arrangement of leaves around a plant stem displays Fibonacci numbers. A 3-sided banana displays a Fibonacci number. The cross section of most bell peppers reveals 3 chambers; 3 is a Fibonacci number. Cut an apple and the seed pod will reveal 5 points on a star; 5 is a Fibonacci number. We see the number five again in the number of arms on a starfish.

 

There are patterns all around us.

If you count the spirals on a pinecone, you will find they go in two directions – 13 spirals open to the left, and 8 spirals open to the right – both 13 and 8 are Fibonacci numbers. In fact, there are so many Fibonacci numbers in nature that there is a publication dedicated to it, the Fibonacci Quarterly! As Galileo stated, “Mathematics is the alphabet with which God has written the universe.
 

When we see patterns, we know there is a pattern maker. The next time you take a walk through that flower garden, don’t just stop and smell the roses, stop and count the petals, see the purposeful patterns and praise the Pattern Maker.

(Source: Inspired Evidence –Lanny Johnson, Fibonacci Numbers and Devine Proportion, The Hand of God 2009 )

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