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... junior calls at 0300 to excitedly tell me about fibonacci numbers or molecular division (is that a thing?)

Asymmetric cell division offers a possible explanation of the spiral patterns seen in many plants ... The spiral arrangements of leaves on a stem, and the number of petals, sepals and spirals in flower heads during the development of most plants, represent successive numbers in the famous series discovered in the thirteenth century by the Italian mathematician Fibonacci, in which each number is the sum of the previous two (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55...)