By Alfred S. Posamentier,Ingmar Lehmann

the main ubiquitous, and maybe the main exciting, quantity trend in arithmetic is the Fibonacci series. during this uncomplicated trend starting with ones, each one succeeding quantity is the sum of the 2 numbers instantly previous it (1, 1, 2, three, five, eight, thirteen, 21, advert infinitum). faraway from being only a interest, this series recurs in buildings discovered all through nature?from the association of whorls on a pinecone to the branches of definite plant stems. All of that is magnificent facts for the deep mathematical foundation of the common world.

With admirable readability, math educators Alfred Posamentier and Ingmar Lehmann take us on a desirable travel of the various ramifications of the Fibonacci numbers. The authors start with a short historical past in their exotic Italian discoverer, who, between different accomplishments, used to be accountable for popularizing using Arabic numerals within the West. Turning to botany, the authors display, via illustrative diagrams, the incredible connections among Fibonacci numbers and usual varieties (pineapples, sunflowers, and daisies are only a number of examples). In paintings, structure, the inventory marketplace, and different parts of society and tradition, they indicate quite a few examples of the Fibonacci series in addition to its by-product, the "golden ratio." and naturally in arithmetic, because the authors amply show, there are nearly boundless purposes in chance, quantity concept, geometry, algebra, and Pascal?s triangle, to call a few.Accessible and beautiful to even the main math-phobic person, this enjoyable and enlightening publication permits the reader to understand the splendor of arithmetic and its awesome purposes in either average and cultural settings.

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