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# Growing Patterns: Fibonacci Numbers in Nature

This title deals with the biggest mathematical mystery in nature - Fibonacci numbers! Named after a famous mathematician, the number pattern is simple: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13...Each number in the sequence comes from adding the two numbers before it. What's the mystery? The pattern crops up in the most unexpected places. You'll find it in the disk of a sunflower, the skin of
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Hardcover, 32 pages

Published
March 1st 2010
by Boyds Mills Press

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This is aimed for a grade range of 1st through 4th. This has very detailed information which would be used for reports or research of these ...more

Oct 05, 2014
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Absolutely love this book to look at nature as a math source through the Fibonacci method.

Sticking photos and simply layout to fully grasp the patterns and teaching.

Wonderful to use as a subtle or intentional tool of combining lessons in nature and math.

Sticking photos and simply layout to fully grasp the patterns and teaching.

Wonderful to use as a subtle or intentional tool of combining lessons in nature and math.

2.Sarah Campbell explores the math world and the mystery of Fibonacci numbers by finding the patterns in nature such as flower petals, sunflower centers and pineapples.

3.A. Campbell found a way to illustrate the “biggest mathematical mystery” and relate it to the true golden spiral. After reading this beautifully photographed text, readers will be able to recognize and look for patterns that have always been there.

B.The concept of Fibonacci numbers has always seemed ...more

Aug 30, 2016
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Sarah and Richard Campbell combine photos and a fun layout with simple text to present the idea of Fibonacci numbers to children. This is a nice introduction to the topic and will interest elementary school students in the topic.

The use of nature photos and the layout of the photos on the pages contribute to real life contextualization and understanding of what the text is telling you. Simple language makes it easy to understand the concept, making this an excellent resource for math and science ...more

The use of nature photos and the layout of the photos on the pages contribute to real life contextualization and understanding of what the text is telling you. Simple language makes it easy to understand the concept, making this an excellent resource for math and science ...more

Aug 18, 2014
Janet Squires
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The Fibonacci sequence begins: 1 1 2 3 5 8 13. Starting with one, each number is the sum of the two numbers that precede it. Campbell notes that one of the mysteries of this number sequence is how frequently it appears in nature -- at the center of a sunflower, on the skin of a pineapple, in the spiral shell of the Nautilus -- for example.

Campbell introduces readers to the sequence via photographs of flowers with petals that represent the numbers. This visual aid invites readers to predict the n ...more

Campbell introduces readers to the sequence via photographs of flowers with petals that represent the numbers. This visual aid invites readers to predict the n ...more

"The seed has built-in instructions for how

the plant will grow.

What shape will it be?

What size?

What color?"

There's not much more I can say without exceeding the number of words in the book. I don't know if I can say what the target age range is, b ...more

The number is 1.61803 which is a proportion in rectangles from the ancient Greeks. Perhaps my disatification with this title is there is no explanation as to why not all plants in nature conform to this pattern, while 90% may ...more

Adults who want to understand t ...more

The book also points out that there are some plants and other naturally occurring shapes that do NOT have Fibonacci patterns.

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