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Nature by Numbers...The Video!

J.H. (Anacortes) first suggested this video. I had not heard of it, but agree with him that its "a good one." This video that can be shared with students...and serve as the basis for many discussions and extensions. WARNING: If you do not watch and share it, it is your students' loss.

Nature by Numbers focuses on the geometry of the Fibonacci Sequence (1,1,2,3,5,8,13,...) as found in nature. The video was created in 2010 by Cristobal Vila in Spain. He did a great job...over and over I watched as the nautilus shell was constructed from the associated spiral.

Also, Vila includes:

  • An "About" section that complements the video, helping viewers "better understand the theoretical basis that you can find behind the sequences." Vila adds that this section also served as the "skeleton" screenplay for the video.
  • Stills from the video that can be used to generate discussions...possibly even undergo some measurements to identify relationships.
  • Images documenting the process undergone in creating the video. He did a lot of work...worthwhile work!
Again, as part of the resources for this next year, I am trying to suggest an on-line video(s) each month. Thus, if you (like J.H.) have a favorite video (e.g. YouTube, TeacherTube, whatever....), please send the link to me (with your comments?) and I will try to include it and share it with others.