What if I told you that one of the top mathematicians of today makes discoveries in his field through valuable playtime?  It’s true!  And he is not the only one.  Just think about why children play.  For a child, playtime is work.  It is their way of figuring out how the world works as they […]

NOVA “The Great Math Mystery”

“Mathematics is the alphabet with which God wrote the universe.” – Galileo Galilei This NOVA special is an entertaining exploration of whether mathematics is a product of human discovery or invention.  An attempt to find an answer goes through history and spotlights the contributions of names such as Fibonacci, Pythagoras, Plato, Galileo, Newton, Maxwell, Marconi, […]

Fibonacci Fun

The Fibonacci sequence has been mentioned in a previous post, but let’s look at one of the many cool patterns hidden in the numbers. Just to refresh your memory about the Fibonacci sequence, it appears as follows:  1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, …  Each new term in the sequence is found by […]

Flowers and Fibonacci

Count the spirals.  How many do you see? The number of spirals in this camellia is a Fibonacci number.  The Fibonacci sequence starts with 1,1 and then adds the previous two terms to get the next. 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, … Fibonacci numbers pop up in many areas of the […]