The Northern lights are quite a light show in Finland. Seeing them is another matter.
December 19, 2011
Take a number, add it to the number before it in a sequence like 1+1=2 then 2+1=3 then 3+2=5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, 610, 987 and so on and a specific pattern emerges.
Master that and you can enlist it for practically anything and a 13 year-old New Yorker and 7th grader Aidan Dwyer did just that.
Turns out the pattern and corresponding ratios are reflected in nature.
So he created a solar cell tree, using test branches arranged in that sequence, and produced a tree design that generated 50% more energy and almost three hours more sunlight during the day.
A study that has implications in solar energy, and earned Aidan a provisional U.S patent demonstrating the power of Biomimicry, which is, as it suggests, about mimicking nature.
“But the best part of what I learned," he said, "was that even in the darkest days of winter, nature is still trying to tell us its secrets.”
Leonardo of Pisa, also known as Fibonacci, was a 13th-century mathematician, considered by some as the most talented western mathematician of the Middle Ages.
In his influential study, “Liber Abaci,” Fibonacci introduces modus Indorum, and for about 250 years it helped teach arithmetic and higher mathematics in European Latin schools.
He also introduced his famous number sequence, which was mainly involved with the growth of a population of rabbits.
But never applied to solar energy.
It took his young collaborator over 800 years later.
Now that’s a sequence he probably hadn’t figured on.