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Problematic Sunflower - Numberphile

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Published on Jul 29, 2012

Is our sunflower falling short of its Fibonacci destiny?
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Comments • 342

MRAROCKERDUDE
If you look at the outside of the spirals, you get 55. The problem comes when you try to count the seeds from the inside. Start from around the outside and spiral in and I found 55
TehMonkey
I can see it already: "Buy the new, amazing, Fibonacci sunflower!"
Elise Altman
Strange sunflower! Gut out of here u 54!
Bbonno
Apparently they sometimes show double Fibonacci numbers (e.g 21x2 or 34x2). Maybe triple explains this, makin this a triple Lucas number spiral (3X18)
northernsupernova1
There is ONLY ONE spiral!
J. Miller
Could possibly be explained by a simple gene mutation, same concept as to why you can find a four-leaf clover.
DioscurII
Oh and don't forget to bring a towel.
DioscurII
I think the answer is 42. Says so in the hitch-hikers guide to the universe anyway right?
1noen1
Our mathematical and physical laws are descriptions _of_ the world. They are not "Nature's Own Language". If math really was the language of Nature then every sunflower MUST obey the Fibonacci series. But they don't. And the they because it is just our way of describing the world.
formigalformigal
Yeah I know, its just easier to explain it the way I did so people dont get confused if they dont know too much about qm
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