God, the Geometry Genius

You'll never look at salad the same way again...

Posted in , May 5, 2015

A flowering cabbage. (Thinkstock)

I don’t know about you, but I dread eating salad for lunch. I know, I know. It’s super healthy. I’m just not crazy about vegetables. Strawberries, pineapples, watermelon? Yes, please! Cauliflower? Makes me want to run and hide under my desk.

But maybe I’ve been misjudging those leafy greens in the vegetable aisle. The other day, I came across this fascinating article in Amusing Planet about the geometry of plants.

According to the article, “the points at which every branch, leaf, stem, bud or petal emerge, have all been set out according to fixed laws and miraculously precise measures.”


That means that your favorite veggies actually reflect geometric principals. Like the Fibonacci sequence, where numbers are generated by adding the two numbers that came before: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144…

“The Fibonacci sequence is so persistent in nature that it’s a challenge to find a plant or fruit structure that does not conform to it,” Amusing Planet says. “For instance, the placement of leaves along a stem is governed by the Fibonacci sequence, ensuring that each leaf has maximum access to sunlight and rain.”

That’s good math and good sense. And completely genius. So not only are vegetables nourishing and visually appealing, they’re also geometrically complex.

I know I’ve said it before, but I never cease to be amazed by God’s wondrous ways. The fact that you can look at a seemingly simple plant and find His handiwork in every leaf just blows me away. I mean, really, who else would design a cabbage–a cabbage!–in such a brilliant way?

If He put that much thought into our groceries, I can’t even fathom how much thought he’s put into our destinies.

I’ll never look at a salad the same way again.

Have you ever been astounded by God’s divine touch in nature…or your salad bowl? Share your story below!

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