Patterns in Nature

I started off thinking this post was going to be about the fact that sunflowers make two different kinds of flowers, which I think is really interesting. When we think of sunflowers, we think of the big showy flowers around a central disk. But the disk is made up of flowers, too! And actually, theContinue reading “Patterns in Nature”

PATTERN RECOGNITION – SEEING WHAT OTHERS DON’T

Because dyslexics use your creative right brains more, that side gets very strong. This strength may let you soak up patterns of things that you see, and processes that you imagine. Dyslexics link ideas together in different ways – instead of following a “logical” step-by-step sequence, you might see a pattern or similarities and likenesses.Continue reading “PATTERN RECOGNITION – SEEING WHAT OTHERS DON’T”

Mathematical Patterns in Plants

One of the things that I really enjoy about nature is that it produces proofs that it obeys natural laws in the most unusual — and beautiful — ways. This spring and early summer I ran across three examples of math in plants. Scorpianweed, like most plants in the hydrophyllaceae family, has a flower stalkContinue reading “Mathematical Patterns in Plants”