November 23rd Fibonacci Day

Fibonacci Day will take you for a whirl; the Fibonacci sequence is a mathematical concept found in everything from architectural wonders, the biological cells of leaves, and the greatest works of art. Leonardo Fibonacci, an Italian mathematician who lived in the twelfth century, used the pairings of bunnies as an example of the phenomenon. Simply, you add two numbers together that have already appeared in the sequence to find the next number. You begin with 0 and 1, naturally. Add them together and you get 1. Well, we didn’t get very far there but in due time, things change exponentially. So we continue: 1 + 1 results in 2. From there, week working with the last two numbers. For example: 1 + 2 = 3, 2 + 3 =5, 3 + 5 = 8, 5 + 8 = 13, 8 + 13 = 14, and so on and so forth until infinity! What’s cool about the sequence is that it appears in the Golden Ratio, the so-called beautifier of the universe. The Golden Ratio looks like a nautilus shell, starting from a very tiny spiral center and it expands outward to form a beautiful, ovular design. This ratio is found in things like the design of the Mona Lisa, the Greek Parthenon – a temple in Greece, snowflakes at the atomic level, and even our faces and bodies! Fibonacci Day is a day to examine the beauty in things great and small, and to remember that math can be fun!

How to celebrate – Learn the Fibonacci way of counting. Look for patterns in seashells. Look for beauty where you find it.


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