What on earth do rabbits, the Parthenon, mathematics, sunflowers, art and pinecones have to do with each other? They are all interconnected in a fascinating way, giving evidence of a beautiful, not yet fully understood patterning in the world.

Italian mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci (rhymes with ‘Archie’), also known later as Leonardo Pisano (Leonardo of Pisa, c. 1170–1240) theorized about the rate of multiplication of breeding pairs of rabbits beginning with one pair. He reckoned that the way in which the numbers of pairs would increase followed a mathematical progression in which each number after the first two was the sum of the two preceding numbers. That is, 0, 1, 1,2,3,5,8,13,21, etc. (3+5=8, 5+8=13, 8+13=21, and so on). This has become known as the Fibonacci series….

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