Thursday, December 17, 2009
Opposites and Fibonacci
I have heard that opposites attract. That is certainly worthy of a longer blog post some day. I have also learned in my marriage that my husband sees the big picture and I see the details in our march through the decisions in this life. Oddly, he sees the details while I see the vistas when we are out of doors marching through the woods. This little guy in the photo above just missed being compressed by the wheels of my bike tire when hubby spotted him far below. The heavy rains had washed him onto the pavement. I stopped and lifted him carefully back into the marshy grasses on the side of the road where his journey would be safer. He was about the size of a nickel.
This "golden spiral" of the snail shell is a concrete illustration of the rules of "divine proportion." It is an equiangular spiral so named by none other than Descartes. Hidden in the direction of the growth rings are the mysteries of Pi. It is a perfect example of symmetrical and balanced growth. We need to study this method and try to figure out how to incorporate it into our spiritual growth as it is known by the ancients as the way that is easiest.
Had my math teacher given this example when teaching, I might have been a much better student.