Devlin's Angle

September 2010

A Fibonacci Photo Album

With summer coming to an end, many people share their summer snapshots with their family and friends. In that spirit, in this month's column I'd like to share some of my summer photographs. Actually, photographs taken over several summers as I traveled to Italy to research a book about Fibonacci. That book will appear some time next year. Meanwhile, if you are interested in vicariously treading in the footsteps of the man who brought modern arithmetic to the West, now is your chance. Along the way, you will likely discover that many of the things you believed about Fibonacci are actually false. (Especially if you learned about them on the Internet. And yes, I am aware of the irony of my making this statement in an online column!)

You can access my Fibonacci photo album HERE. (Depending on your Internet connection, each page may load slowly.)

If you prefer a higher resolution version as an e-book in Quicktime Presentation format, you can download it from my homepage. (It's a 100Mb file.)

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Mathematician Keith Devlin (email: [email protected]) is the Executive Director of the Human-Sciences and Technologies Advanced Research Institute (H-STAR) at Stanford University and The Math Guy on NPR's Weekend Edition. His most recent book for a general reader is The Unfinished Game: Pascal, Fermat, and the Seventeenth-Century Letter that Made the World Modern, published by Basic Books.