Edinburgh 2012

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International Images for Science Exhibition

Patron: Her Majesty The Queen

The Royal Photographic Society is one of the oldest and most respected Learned Photographic Societies in the world and has recently launched the ‘International Images for Science Exhibition 2011′ to visually celebrate the role of photography in modern-day science and bring the wonders of scientific photography to a wider audience.

The exhibition presents a hand-picked selection of 50 works from the world’s leading scientific photographers, researchers, engineers and technologists. A travelling exhibition will be available to various venues within the UK and overseas. Additionally, a full color catalogue of the exhibition is available. Upcoming dates and places of the travelling exhibition will be posted on the website of The Royal Photographic Society, as soon as they become available.

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Fibonacci’s Series on Butterfly Egg

Scanning electron micrograph of an egg of an Adonis Blue butterfly(Lysandra bellargus) on a leaf. The spiralling pattern of aeropyles in the casing of the egg is governed by the Fibonacci number. This is in a sequence of numbers described by Leonardo Fibonacci in 1202. The series starts with a zero and a one, thereafter the next number is the sum of the previous two (0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, etc.).

The sequence appears in a variety of biological settings such as branching in trees, the fruitlets of a pineapple and the pattern of florets in a sunflower. The original monochrome image was digitally colourised to reflect the colours seen in nature.


Image is courtesy of Micronaut (Martin Oeggerli) 2010, kindly supported by School of Applied Sciences, FHNW, Muttenz.