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Sunflowers and the Golden Ratio

The pattern formed by the developing sunflower seed heads mesmerizes, still yet full of motion. There is a mathematical explanation for this beautiful pattern. When I saw this video, it blew my mind. I’ve heard of the golden ratio before and how it describes natural phenomena, but here it was staring me in the face. This image of one of our sunflowers shows the pattern explained by the golden ratio which the plant uses to optimally pack the most seeds into the space it has.

Watch this video that explains the mathematics behind what you see here. Don’t worry, the video is very approachable.

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