Thursday, January 27, 2011
1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 12............
Fibonacci, the man modern mathematicians regard as the greatest Western math mind of the Middle Ages, was called "Blockhead" and "Idiot" throughout his life. Hmm....gives me hope. For all his work, Leonardo Fibonacci is best known for the number pattern in his famous rabbit problem, a pattern well call the Fibonacci sequence. The same sequence that we know now describes how living things prosper, such as flowers and mollusks. The numbers even pop up in works of human imagination--buildings, music, art, and poetry.
Leonardo may have not had the most common sense in the world, but he shared a curiousity about the earth and its wonders which many children will connect with. His ability to think for himself (and put aside the thoughts and opinions of others), to think outside the box, and to build his daydreams into a numerical reality radiate warmth, truth, and beauty.
This book captures those feelings perfectly.