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ERIC Number: EJ1001074
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
Fibonacci, Flowers and the Golden Number
Brodie, Marilyn; Fuller, Nicky
Primary Science, n124 p5-7 Sep 2012
Leonardo Pisano, the son of Guilielmo Bonacci, was born in Pisa, Italy, around 1175. He is better known as Fibonacci, a shortened version of "filius Bonacci" ("son of Bonacci"). He travelled with his father and during these travels, he learned about the enormous advantages of the mathematical systems used in the countries they visited. These systems, which were based on the "Indians' nine symbols", had not yet been introduced in Europe. What was significant, which Fibonacci noticed immediately, was within the Hindu--Arabic system--only the digits 1 to 9. By spending time determining how the sequence has developed, children should begin to see an emerging sequence where the next number is the sum of the previous two numbers, and so can carry on for as long as they and their teacher wants. The use of Fibonacci sequence in school can be truly cross-curricular, with links to a number of different subject disciplines. For a long time mathematicians and scientists have noticed that the numbers in the Fibonacci sequence appear in many different patterns in nature. By examining flowers, seeds, fruits, and so on, and making their own "flowers," children can learn a lot about the sequence while having fun. (Contains 5 figures and 2 boxes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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