Yesterday I stumbled across a crazy little Flash game called Flee Buster created by a crazy little game developer named Chevy Ray Johnston. There was something about the randomness of the game that I needed to dig a little deeper… maybe there were more crazy games to be found… Maybe there just some character to be found… well both are true.
If you have any interest in the gaming industry on any level, check it out. The guy makes games obviously, shares some links to some other equally ridiculous games, but also encourages anyone to explore basic game design if it’s something you’re even remotely interested in. It’s not pretentious and not intimidating and worth a little exploration. Check it out!
Here’s something cool! This is actually the first time I’ve heard this story, so I apologize if it’s old news. It also seems that since young Aidan’s observations and experiment, he’s faced some criticism from parts of the scientific community.
For today we’ll leave that aspect of the story be; after all it’s a controversal debate of validity in its own right. Instead soak up the product of the curious mind, even at age 13… The story comes directly from Inspiration Green:
Thirteen year old Aidan Dwyer was walking in the woods in Upstate New York in the winter and noticed a spiral pattern to tree branches. Aidan realized the tree branches and leaves had a mathematical spiral pattern that could be shown as a fraction. After some research he also realized the mathematical fractions were the same numbers as the Fibonacci sequence. “On the oak tree, the Fibonacci fraction is 2/5, which means that the spiral takes five branches to spiral two times around the trunk to complete one pattern. Other trees with the Fibonacci leaf arrangement are the elm tree (1/2); the beech (1/3); the willow (3/8) and the almond tree (5/13).”*
The 7th grader next wondered why nature used such a pattern? He concluded trees do so to collect maximum sunlight. So, he constructed two side by side solar arrays – one a typical flat-panel array that was mounted at 45 degrees, and the second, a solar array based on the Fibonacci pattern of an oak tree. He put both outside facing south. To his amazement, during the month of December, the tree design made 50% more electricity, and the collection time of sunlight was up to 50% longer than the flat panel array!
Aidan discovered that the Fibonacci pattern helps deciduous trees, in higher latitudes, efficiently track the Sun and collect the most sunlight even in the thickest forest, on the cloudiest days. If an object blocks the light to a flat panel array, the array stops producing energy. But, the Fibonacci pattern allows some solar ‘leaves’ to collect sunlight, while some ‘leaves’ are in shade. Plus, the Fibonacci pattern helps the branches and leaves on a tree to avoid shading each other. Snow and debris slide off as well. Aidan is currently building tree arrays based on the other Fibonacci patterns of the elm, beech, willow and almond trees. He questions; is one pattern more efficient than another?
The American Museum of Natural History has awarded Aidan a Young Naturalist Award for 2011.
See the detailed description of his discoveries on the Museum’s website: *www.amnh.org
See the complete article at InspirationGreen.com
By definition, the first two numbers in the Fibonacci sequence are 0 and 1, and each subsequent number is the sum of the previous two.
In mathematical terms, the sequence Fn of Fibonacci numbers is defined by the recurrence relation
with seed values
The Fibonacci sequence is named after Leonardo of Pisa, who was known as Fibonacci. Fibonacci’s 1202 book Liber Abaci introduced the sequence to Western European mathematics, although the sequence had been described earlier in Indian mathematics. (By modern convention, the sequence begins with F0 = 0. The Liber Abaci began the sequence with F1 = 1, omitting the initial 0, and the sequence is still written this way by some.)
Fibonacci numbers are closely related to Lucas numbers in that they are a complementary pair of Lucas sequences. They are intimately connected with the golden ratio, for example the closest rational approximations to the ratio are 2/1, 3/2, 5/3, 8/5, … . Applications include computer algorithms such as the Fibonacci search technique and the Fibonacci heap data structure, and graphs called Fibonacci cubes used for interconnecting parallel and distributed systems. They also appear in biological settings, such as branching in trees, phyllotaxis (the arrangement of leaves on a stem), the fruit spouts of a pineapple, the flowering of artichoke, an uncurling fern and the arrangement of a pine cone.
This one is for your inner history nerd. Remember the War was originally launched as a Remembrance Day tribute in 2011, but it’s novelty is definitely not seasonal. Incorporating as much multimedia as it can, rememberthewar.com maps out a concise summary of WWII along a year-by-year timeline. Very cool if you’re in to that type of thing: