Friday, 11 May 2012

Turing's Sunflowers

I recently came across this story on the BBC which caught my eye not only for the maths, but also for the fact it's happening here in Manchester as part of the centenary of Alan Turing's birth.

The people of Manchester are planting thousands of sunflowers to provide data to test the theory that the seeds grow in patterns linked to the Fibonacci sequence.  Unfortunately Turing died before he could prove his theory, so the Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester Science Festival and the University of Manchester are trying to prove it for him.

The results will be available in October.

Let's hope the weather improves!

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