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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Fibonacci in Cafe Botanique

The Nature of Fibonacci Numbers

By Richard Yeatts, Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO
The sequence of numbers 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,..., wherein each number is the sum of the preceding two, is credited to Leonardo of Pisa (a.k.a. Fibonacci). The remarkable properties of these numbers and their progeny, the "golden" ratios, find application in nearly every field of human endeavor including art, music, economics, and geometry. In the life sciences, the numbers relate to such diverse subjects such as human anatomy, snail shells and the architecture of plants.

F. R. (Dick) Yeatts is a Professor Emeritus in Physics at the Colorado School of Mines. While employed, his research was mostly in geophysics. Since retiring, his interest is in mathematics and physics of plants.

Café Botanique is a part of the Botanical Art and Illustration Program and is open to everybody. The 30-40 minute talk starts at 6:30 p.m. and is followed by a discussion. Café Botanique meets every first and third Thursday of the month, each time with a different topic relating to Denver Botanic Gardens exhibits and Botanical Illustration classes. There is no admission fee and pre-registration is not required. This lecture offers one elective credit hour in the BI-program.

Thursday, November 5, 2009
Denver Botanic Gardens – Morrison Center
6:30 – 8 p.m.

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