DAY 296: Being taught the Fibonacci Sequence by a precocious young boy

24 Jun

Maths punctures my yolk.

MILO is 11, and studying advanced maths so enthusiastically that he’s keen to show me the Fibonacci sequence, apropos of nothing. I stabbed my last maths book to death with a biro, so this is a dangerous quest.

Turns out it’s quite simple: each number is the sum of the previous two numbers – 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, etc – until infinity. I feel like I should know this, but if I have done it before, I’ve blocked it out.

And what is the purpose of such a mathematical phenomenon, you might ask? A mathematical phenomenon bestowed with such heavenly handles as Golden Ratio and Divine Proportion?

Buggered if I know.

Keeper: I’ve got it, but I don’t know what to do with it.

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