Fibonacci number

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A Fibonacci spiral created by drawing a line through the squares in the Fibonacci tiling; this one uses squares of sizes 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, and 34; see Golden spiral

The Fibonacci numbers are a sequence of numbers in mathematics named after Leonardo of Pisa, known as Fibonacci. Fibonacci wrote a book in 1202, called Liber Abaci. There he introduced the number pattern to Western European mathematics, although mathematicians in India already knew about it.[1][2]

The first number of the pattern is 0, the second number is 1, and each number after that is equal to adding the two numbers right before it together. For example 0+1=1 and 3+5=8. This sequence goes on forever.

F0 F1 F2 F3 F4 F5 F6 F7 F8 F9 F10 F11 F12 F13 F14 F15 F16 F17 F18 F19 F20
0 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 34 55 89 144 233 377 610 987 1597 2584 4181 6765

This can be written as a recurrence relation,

For this to make sense, at least two starting points need to be given. Here, and .

Fibonacci numbers in nature[change | change source]

Sunflower head displaying florets in spirals of 34 and 55 around the outside

Fibonacci numbers are related to the golden ratio, which shows up in many places in buildings and in nature.[3] Some examples are the pattern of leaves on a stem, the parts of a pineapple,[4] the flowering of artichoke, the uncurling of a fern and the arrangement of a pine cone.[5] The Fibonacci numbers are also found in the family tree of honeybees.[6][7]

Binet's Formula[change | change source]

The nth Fibonacci number can be written in terms of the golden ratio. This avoids having to use recursion to calculate Fibonacci numbers, which can take a computer a long time to do.

Where , the golden ratio.

References[change | change source]

  1. Parmanand Singh. "Acharya Hemachandra and the (so called) Fibonacci Numbers". Math. Ed. Siwan, 20(1):28-30, 1986. ISSN 0047-6269
  2. Parmanand Singh,"The So-called Fibonacci numbers in ancient and medieval India." Historia Mathematica 12(3), 229–44, 1985.
  3. S. Douady and Y. Couder (1996). "Phyllotaxis as a Dynamical Self Organizing Process" (PDF). Journal of Theoretical Biology 178 (178): 255–274. doi:10.1006/jtbi.1996.0026.
  4. Jones, Judy; William Wilson (2006). "Science". An Incomplete Education. Ballantine Books. pp. 544. ISBN 978-0-7394-7582-9.
  5. A. Brousseau (1969). "Fibonacci Statistics in Conifers". Fibonacci Quarterly (7): 525–532.
  7. Scott, T.C.; Marketos, P. (March 2014) (PDF), On the Origin of the Fibonacci Sequence, MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews,

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