Nature's many shapes and patterns are interesting and may be complicated. You may have to look hard to see that these shapes and patterns often have something in common.
Have you ever heard of a man named Fibonacci? He loved numbers so much that he wrote books about math. Around 1175, in Italy, he discovered a sequence of numbers that helps explain nature's math. Some folks call it the Fascinating Fibonaccis!
Here's how to count the Fascinating Fibonaccis:
(to get to the next number, add the preceding two numbers. Here's how to start:)
0+1 = 1
1+1 = 2
1+2 = 3
2+3 = 5
3+5 = 8
5+8 = ...
Here we cut a pear, a cucumber and a lemon.
How many sections are in each?
Lemon = 8
Pear = 5
Cucumber = 3