Geometry in Nature

  • All Ages
Close-up photo of a cabbage head showing spherical geometry.

Wednesday, April 7 at 2 p.m.

Explore math in the natural world

Have you ever heard someone say that math is everywhere? It’s true! Shapes and patterns exist all around us in our everyday life, and in the natural world. On Wednesday, April 7, look beyond the familiar squares and triangles in your geometry textbook to discover the surprising mathematics hidden inside your home and outside in nature. From sea slugs at the bottom of the ocean floor to the planets orbiting the Sun, there are so many unique shapes and patterns in our universe. We’ll focus on three types of geometry—Euclidean, spherical and hyperbolic—with examples from backyard gardens, neighbourhood parks and even inside your fridge. Plus, try some fun activities you can do at home.

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