The History of Algebra and
The Golden Ratio in Nature
By: Lauren Pressley
Introduction to Statistics
Throughout history algebra has changed in words through etymology. Etymology is an account of the history of a particular word or elements of a word. The word “algebra” is derived from Arabic writers. Algebra is a method for finding solutions of equations to the simplest possible form. Different cultures have come up with different types of names to classify algebra. Al Khwarizmi and Fibonacci contributed talented mathematic systems that shaped algebra. Al Khwarizmi was born in the town of Khwarizm in Khorason. He achieved most of his work between 813 a.d and 833 a.d. Khwarizmi contributed logical approaches to algebra and trigonometry. He came up with ways of solving linear and quadratic equations. Khwarizmi was not the only person who contributed to algebra; Fibonacci contributed to algebra has well. one by adding a number to sum up the two numbers that precedes the previous two numbers. He used this method to tie nature and mathematic together. It is formed by using a triangle whose sides’ measure one number of the Fibonacci
Fibonacci contributed the decimal number system which is known as the Fibonacci sequence. The Fibonacci sequence is closely related to the golden ratio that uses the number number of the Fibonacci sequence. Fibonacci was born in Pisa, Italy around 1175. He studied mathematics in North Africa in the city of Bugia. Fibonacci’s greatest achievement was the golden ratio in nature. For example, plants grow new cells in spirals such as this pattern of seeds in a sunflower. The seeds in a sunflower are packed in going left and right making a spiral affect. The number of lines in the spiral of a sunflower is almost the numbers leading to the Fibonacci sequence.
The golden ratio is an irrational mathematic constant of 1.6180339887 found in nature. When...
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