Math of the World

There's math in Native American beadwork, African fabrics, modern music, and even cornrow hairstyles.

By Emily Sohn, 00:00 AM October 30, 2006

If you know where to look, you can find math anywhere you go.

Math is not just in the numbers on a cash register or at a football game. It's in bathroom-tiling patterns, the shapes of clouds and trees, the arrangement of a flower's petals, a ball's path in a pinball game, the knots you tie in your shoelaces—and even in the way you lace your shoes (see "How to Lace Like an Ace").

There's math in the spiral pattern at the center of a flower.

There's math in the spiral pattern at the center of a flower.

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