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Fibonacci Sequence

June 14, 2016

I was thinking the other day about the Fibonacci Sequence. I don’t remember why.

The Fibonacci Sequence is an infinite list of numbers. The first number, F1, is 1. F2 is 1. Then the nth number, Fn, is Fn-1 + Fn-2. For example, F3 = F2 + F1 = 2. Thus the first seven numbers are 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, and 13.

There are many articles describing how Nature loves this sequence. You can find Fibonacci numbers in the spirals of sunflower seeds or pine cones. You can also find writers who debunk the idea, accusing its proponents of collecting examples that bolster their case, and ignoring contrary data.

In any event, true or not, it is a poetic idea. I asked Suzy to find some Fibonacci in Nature. I used the sequence to determine the number of syllables in a line. I stopped at 13. It was fun, if you like to play around with words, and ideas, and puzzles. The challenge is to make the phrases fit the line, as much as possible. I invite you to give it a try. There are worse ways to spend a few hours. Post your results in the comments.

Yin
turns
to yang.
They embrace.
Ten thousand things shine;
ten thousand things express darkness.
Stars and galaxies, mountains and valleys, clouds and rain.

O
loved
H2
at first touch.
It was mutual,
a match that was made in Heaven.
Their chemistry yields life—lubricious, lascivious.

Boy
is
deeply
into girl,
girl so into him
when he is deeply into her.
Not one, not two; not summed, not differed. What math is this?

One Comment leave one →
  1. June 15, 2016 3:29 am

    I am enjoying the photography!

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