November 1, 2012

Math and Hurricanes

From Mother Nature Network. Satellite image originally from NOAA

One of the things I love about what I do is the intersection of science and nature. During my thesis I studied math and how it results in beautiful shapes in nature, which has been picked up by many cultures, in order to inform how today's buildings can use that as a jumping off point to have less environmental impace. Sure, I'd heard about it before, but it is really amazing when you look in depth.

Mother Nature Network used the recent hurricane to bring it to our attention. In their post on Tuesday: Finding the Fibonacci Sequence in Hurricane Sandy, Shea Gunther beautifully explains and illustrates a favorite number sequence of designers. Enjoy.