Math, Sunflowers, and God’s Wisdom and Care – Katherine Loop

by / November 14, 2015

In my last post, I mentioned that math is the tool we use to explore God’s creation—that its very existence points us to the Creator, and that as we use it, we get to uncover pieces of God’s handiwork. Let’s take a quick look at a specific example: sunflowers.

Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers. They’re my favorite, not because of their colors or initial beauty, but because of the incredible testimony to God’s wisdom and care hidden inside—a testimony math helps us discover.

Take a close look at the seeds in the sunflower picture above. Notice that the seeds are arranged in spirals. Starting at the center, you can trace spirals to the right and to the left. If we were to count the number of spirals each direction and use math to look at the ratio between the number of spirals each direction, we’d find that, no matter the size of the sunflower, the ratio is always approximately the same: a number (known as the Golden Ratio) that rounds to 1.6.

Ready for the really amazing part? That ratio between the spirals enables the most number of seeds to fit in any given sunflower. In other words, God created sunflowers to reproduce in the most efficient way possible…and it’s math that helps us see that. God sure watches over the details, doesn’t He? And if He takes such care with the arrangement of seeds in a flower, just think of the care He takes over us.

 “And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” Matthew 6:28-30 (ESV)

Check back next month for another glimpse of math in creation…and please leave a comment below with your thoughts.

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Math is a real-life tool that points us to God and helps us explore His creation, yet it often comes across as dry facts and meaningless rules. Here at last is a curriculum that has a biblical worldview integrated throughout the text and problems, not just added as an afterthought!

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Katherine Loop
After having her own view of math transformed, Katherine has been researching, writing, and speaking on a biblical worldview of math for more than a decade. Her books on math and a biblical worldview have been used by individuals, homeschool groups, and Christian schools and colleges, and she recently finished a junior high math curriculum. Receive a free video on transforming math at www.christianperspective.net/math/transforming-math

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