Math In Nature: Nautilus Spirals

Aug 2, 2022 | Granite Bay

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Perhaps one of the prettiest "homes" to marine life in the ocean, the Nautilus shell has also been a popular collectible and decoration for humans for centuries.

Composed of two layers: a matte white outer layer, and a striking white iridescent inner layer, people can't help but be mesmerized by its aesthetic beauty. But did you know that Nautilus shells are also a mathematical wonder? It's true! These shells are iconic examples of logarithmic spirals in nature. The 'chambers' of these stunning shells increase in size with a ratio of about 1.33.

Isn't math in nature marvelous? 🐚🤩