| 08 March, 2016 16:27
To understand the science of the universe, you must know the language in which it is written....and that is mathematics. The universe is made of precise patterns and proportions, and these patterns are hidden in plain sight. You just have to know where to look! What appears to be chaos actually follows subtle laws. Have you ever noticed a spiral....like the curve of a wave, the spiral of seashells like the nautilus? What about fingerprints, pine cones, sunflowers, DNA, embryos, a sea horse, hurricanes, unfurling roses, swirling galaxies and more? Yes, they are all a precise mathematical pattern! And this is where art and science collide! They collide in the Fibonnaci spiral!
The brilliant Italian mathematician Fibonnaci brought the Arabic numeral system to Europe in 1202 with his Book of Calculations. Graphing the ratio of numbers in his series forms a spiral. This also forms the Golden Ratio of perfect proportions which is found in everything in nature and the universe. Now this is exciting to an artist because it's the blueprint of Creation. As Leonardo da Vinci said, "Everything is connected!"
God the artist left His fingerprints in our world for us to discover. Once you see the spiral pattern from the microscopic to the universe, you see the building block of life. This mathematical curve of a logarithmic spiral gives us a sense of stability. And this helps the artist to create using the Golden Ratio (Golden Mean) with an end result that is pleasing to the eye. The next time you see the Milky Way or a fern frond unfurling, you will see the pattern that relates to all of us. This has given me a new way of seeing what's in front of me, hidden in plain sight!