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The Fibonacci Sequence

Originally Posted on admin, August 31, 2007

News & Publications: Santa Fe

St. John’s College Art Gallery:
The Fibonacci Sequence


What: 7th Annual All-Alumni Art Show: Opening Reception

Theme: The Fibonacci Sequence 
When: Friday, August 31 at 5 p.m.
                 (Show up through September 15)

Where: St. John’s College Art Gallery, 
                 Peterson Student Center, Second Floor


The theme of the 7th Annual All-Alumni Art Show is the Fibonacci sequence. Original works of art based on the Fibonacci sequence, and created by alumni from both campuses, will be showcased along with descriptions of the particular sequence application used in each piece.

The Fibonacci sequence is a string of numbers that begins with 0 and 1, and continues in such a way that each term is the sum of the two preceding it. While the sequence is usually attributed to the Italian mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci, it has also appeared in the works of Indian mathematician Pingala, dated between 450 and 200 B.C. The sequence has many mathematical applications, the best known of which is called “The Golden Ratio” or the “extreme and mean ratio” by geometers. The Fibonacci sequence also appears in natural phenomena: in the unusual lineage of bees, the branching of trees, the curvature of ocean waves, the structure of a pinecone, and the sections of a seashell.