Friday, 30 March 2012


Manchester Science Festival are planning to brighten up Manchester in the name of Alan Turing.

Turing's Sunflowers is a challenge in which you grow a sunflower throughout the next couple of months. When the flowers are fully grown, the science festival will help you count the number of spirals in the seed patterns on the sunflower heads, with the results being announced in October.

The project will help mathematicians explore Alan Turing’s theories about plant growth (Fibonacci number series and all that). And because we're not one to miss a trick, we are now selling sunflower seeds at every counter in our shop.

There are now even Turing sunflowers in the Blue Peter garden. so get growing. And remember: plenty of water, a nice sunny spot and don't forget to re-pot!

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