The Fibonacci sequence is an integral part of our everyday lives. So much so that we often don’t realize its all-encompassing presence.

Named after Leonardo Fibonacci, and initially devised to calculate the ideal expansion of pairs of rabbits throughout a year. The Fibonacci Sequence has become a tool that helps us to better understand ourselves, our reality, and our universe…

The sequence begins:

0 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 34 55 89 144…..on and on. By adding the two earlier numbers together, the next number in the sequence is revealed.

However, the true fun begins when you start dividing adjoining numbers within the Fibonacci Sequence. 5 divided by 3 is 1.666… 8 divided by 5 is  1.60… 13 divided by 8 is 1.625… And on and on.

Each division inches closer to the Golden Mean (1.618), although never actually reaching the number. The Golden Mean is considered the most mathematically beautiful structure, even historic builders knew of it’s aesthetically pleasing properties. The Parthenon and Egyptian Pyramids actually incorporated the Golden Mean within their architecture.

So next time you go outside, take a moment and ponder the thought that the world we inhabit is mathematically beautiful. 

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