Fringe and the Fibonacci Sequence

I did my Masters research paper on the Golden Ratio and the Fibonacci Sequence. I’m a math teacher and math enthusiast. I’m also a huge fan of the show Fringe. There was a “geek” moment when I noticed that on the commercials (every one of them) for Fringe episodes they would show the Golden Rectangle and Golden Spiral in the background.

If you don’t know what it looks like here is a picture of it (not from the commercial though):







I also noticed that during the episodes, when it says “Fringe will return in 60 seconds” or “Fringe will return in 90 seconds” they show pictures that sometimes relate to the Golden Ratio. Here are some examples:







When studying the Golden Ratio one learns that flowers (and many many other things in nature) correspond to the numbers in the Fibonacci Sequence (1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55,89, …). Flowers specifically usually have pedals numbering a number in the sequence. A daisy (pictured above) has 21 petals, black eyed susan has 13 petals, field daisy has 34 petals, bloodroot has 8 petals, etc.







This one is obvious since the frog has the symbol of “phi” which is the letter of the Golden Ratio (which is approximately 1.618). It’s like “pi” which everyone has heard of in math which stands for 3.14 (approximately), but only a different number. Here’s another picture of it from the web:







You can clearly see that it is on the frogs back…







Two things here with this picture. First we have the horn itself that is in the shape of the Golden Spiral (which actually happens in the real world). Second, you can see (if you look closely) that the digits of phi (1.618…) are listed on the horn…







The seahorse’s tail is in the shape of the Golden Spiral and if you look closely you can see the Golden Rectangle and Spiral in the middle of it’s body (stomach area).

This is probably the tip of a very large iceberg knowing JJ Abrams. The big question is “Why the Golden Ratio?” I’m not sure but it sure is fun finding examples of it in the show! I’ll do some more digging and post what I find in the message board at the Mudpies and Fishfrys Message Board. Come and join the discussion if you find anything!!!


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