By Alfred S. Posamentier

The main ubiquitous, and maybe the main exciting, quantity trend in arithmetic is the Fibonacci series. during this uncomplicated development starting with ones, every 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 constructions chanced on all through nature - from the association of whorls on a pinecone to the branches of convinced plant stems. All of that is extraordinary proof for the deep mathematical foundation of the wildlife.

With admirable readability, veteran math educators take us on a desirable travel of the numerous ramifications of the Fibonacci numbers. they start with a quick historical past of a wonderful Italian discoverer, who, between different accomplishments, was once chargeable for popularizing using Arabic numerals within the West. Turning to botany, the authors exhibit, via illustrative diagrams, the unimaginable connections among Fibonacci numbers and average varieties (pineapples, sunflowers, and daisies are only a number of examples).

In artwork, 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 spinoff, the "golden ratio." and naturally in arithmetic, because the authors amply display, there are nearly boundless purposes in chance, quantity concept, geometry, algebra, and Pascal's triangle, to call a few.

Accessible and attractive to even the main math-phobic person, this enjoyable and enlightening booklet permits the reader to understand the beauty of arithmetic and its notable functions in either normal and cultural settings.  

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