Spirals that Appear in Nature Everywhere
When you look at a sunflower, or a snail’s shell, the Milky Way, or the waves in the water, you might not realize that they all have something in common. They all have something that appears a lot in this world, and this special characteristic shows proof for a Creator. It is called the Golden Rectangle, and this rectangle has a special spiral that you’ve almost absolutely seen before.
Let’s take another look at this spiral. To explain it, you must first recognize a pattern of numbers that a man named Fibonacci (hence the name) discovered. It also appears a lot in this universe, especially in plants. Here is the pattern:
1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 34 55 89…
Do you see the pattern? Each number is the sum of the two numbers behind it. 1 is in the pattern twice because 0 + 1 =1. If you still don’t get it, I’ll put the pattern in math:
1 (1 + 0) 1 (1 + 1) 2 (1 + 2) 3 (3 + 2) 5 (5 + 3) 8 (8 + 5) 13 (13 + 8) 21 (21 + 13) 34 (34 + 21) 55 (55 + 34) 89…
Do you have it now? That is the pattern. Have you ever noticed that plants usually have 2, 3, 5, or 8 leaves? These numbers are all part of the Fibonacci sequence, and plants seem to like to use numbers from this sequence. Now that we know what the pattern of numbers is, let’s move on to something called the Golden Rectangle. It looks like this:
(This one is rather blue – LOL)
The Golden Rectangle is a special rectangle with a length of one of the Fibonacci numbers, and with a width of the next Fibonacci number. For example, this rectangle is 8 meters (or whatever unit) wide and 21 meters long. It is made up of other squares, starting with a 1 meter square and going up the Fibonacci pattern until it stops at a 13 meter square. (It even has two 1 meter squares!) However, it doesn’t stop there. Since the Fibonacci pattern is infinite, this square pattern is infinite. You could keep adding squares and never stop! However, for lack of eternal space (and eternal pixels), whoever made this picture stopped at 13.
If you drew a curved line through all the squares starting at the 1 centimeter square on the left and going through the bigger squares, you would have the spiral that we have been talking about – the spiral on the snail’s shell, our galaxy, and even the wind when it pushes the waves. (Notice picture on left, or below if you are in mobile version.) Why do a lot of things in this world use the Fibonacci pattern?
Scientsts have shown that plants use Fibonacci numbers and the Golden Rectangle so they can grow more petals without petals blocking other petals so they coud get more sunlight. People are copying these ideas and arranging reflectors in the Fibonacci sequence at power plants! Sunflowers and other plant’s seeds are arranged in the Golden Rectangle spiral to pack more seeds in less space. This shows that someone must have known that the Fibonacci sequence was just right for plants and other things. Someone – a Creator, a Designer – must have made these to show us that He exists. This person is God, and he wants you to trust in Him and know that He is real. Romans 1:20 says, “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.”
We should acknowledge that God exists, and that he made us all. However, man sinned, and we, the descendants of this man, Adam, also sin and deserve to go to hell. But Christ loved us so much He didn’t want that, so He died on the cross in our place! If we just believe that Christ died for us and rose again, ask him to forgive us, and call upon Him so He can wash away our sins, we will go to Heaven! After that, I don’t think you’ll ever look at a sunflower the same way again, don’t you think?
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(Up) Ocean waves have fibonacci, too! See how the Golden Rectangle was lined up with the wave to show the spiral?
(Up) The Golden Rectangle is made up of squares with lengths and widths of Fibonacci numbers.
(Up) Pinecones have spirals in the arrangement of the scales!
(Up) Look at the Fibonacci in this succulent – isn’t it cool?