The Fibonacci Sequence

Check out this seeming random set of numerals–1,1,2,3,5,8, etc. This sequence was discovered by 13th century mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci as the number outcomes when two rabbit babies grow up and mate, and then there’s another pair, and then two, and then three, etc.

Such numbers have been found throughout nature in the petals of clover or the arms of starfish. Now a hallmark of computer science, the Fibonacci Sequence can also be found in art and architecture, further revealing how intertwined the whole universe truly is. In writing, which would seem an act of pure organic creativity, such numbers come up too: the power of three in a list, the focus on one voice, the conflict between two characters, a story that works best in three to five- chapters, the infinite power of the sideways 8. Such numbers show up in the meter and rhythm of poetry, the loading of two out of three syntactic slots in fiction, the single powerful anecdote in nonfiction.

When all seems lost, we’ll likely discover that there is order in chaos. And pattern in randomness.


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