Sunday, August 12, 2007

Let's take a moment to stop what we're doing and think about the Fibonacci Sequence

Let's Stop What We're Doing and Talk About the Fibonacci Series
This amazing sunburst stopped me in my tracks at the Dane County Farmers' Market yesterday and seems to have triggered the photographic reflex. After I put my camera back in my pocket, I thought about the spiral patterns made by its seeds, an arrangement determined by the Fibonacci Series, which I blogged about last year.
The Fibonacci sequence -- 0,1,1,2,3,5,8… (keep adding previous two numbers) -- is great if you’re a sunflower, or one of the many other plants that grow seeds or buds in that pattern. Or if you want to write the sort of short, numerically constrained poem that Gregory K. Pincus dubbed a “fib” on his blog GottaBook last year. What Pincus calls fibs are six-line poems in which the number of syllables in each line is determined by the successive Fibonacci numbers. The New York Times headed their article on the internet poetry explosion set off by Pincus with an example.

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