Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Fibonacci Numbers

Leonardo da Pisa was an interesting chap. He also gets credit for introducing Indian-Arabic numerals to the west. Up until then, Roman numerals were in common use, and it was painfully difficult to do advanced algebraic calculations with the Roman system (it makes the marvels of Roman angineering and science all that more impressive!).

The Fibonacci numbers are fascinating as well. Plenty of smart folks have pointed out that with such a frequently recurring pattern in so many unrelated places throghout the universe, to say that all of it happened randomly or through chance is simply too great of an improbability; that the universe is the deliberate work of an great intelligence is the better explanation than a long series of evolutainary accidents.

See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9MwNm0gXd8&sns=em

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