January 18, 2013

Something Wonderful: "Lux Aeterna" & "Nature by Numbers"

Lux Aeterna - Introduction:

On one side it's a powerful radiation emitted by the most distant stars in the universe, and also by our Sun; light floods everywhere in nature, from the largest things to the smallest, creating interesting and beautiful effects; humans always used light as a symbolic and spiritual element; and it's too an intriguing physical phenomenon deeply studied by science.
Music theme “The Gift” by Jóhann Jóhannsson.

Nature by Numbers:

The animation begins by presenting a series of numbers. This is a very famous and recognized sequence since many centuries ago in the Western World thanks to Leonardo of Pisa, a thirteenth century Italian mathematician, also called Fibonacci. So it is known as Fibonacci Sequence, even although it had been described much earlier by Indian mathematicians.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at January 18, 2013 11:05 PM
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"Do you know the balancing of the clouds, the wondrous works of him who is perfect in knowledge," Job 37:16 "Can you, like him, spread out the skies, hard as a molten mirror?" Job 37:18

Posted by: Roger Drew Williams at January 19, 2013 8:12 AM

From what I have read, the design and placement of the pillars at the Egyptian temple of Karnak were also based on the Fibonacci series.That would push its discovery back much further than is generally recognized. Perhaps the Egyptians defined the parameters formally or perhaps not.
Consider, for example, that a fielder catches a fly ball by adjusting his position to remain tangent to the curve of the falling baseball.
A dog catching a thrown ball does the same. Does the dog, or the fielder understand the calculus involved? Doubtful. Some things are simply intuitive. Mathematics formally defines them.

Posted by: stuart at January 19, 2013 1:35 PM
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