golden ratio

We debunk some common mathematical misconceptions.

The golden ratio has many amazing properties. But is it really a secret of nature and the epitome of beauty?

You've heard of the golden ratio but have you heard of the silver ratio? And all its other cousins called the metallic numbers? Read this article to meet the family!

From Fibonacci to spirals: explore the mathematical wonders of metallic numbers.

A quick introduction to a famous number.

Bees do it, rabbits do it, and luckily, we humans can do it too: explore the famous Fibonacci sequence!

Does a church in Pisa display Fibonacci's famous number sequence?

Continued fractions reveal the good, the bad and the beautiful side of numbers.

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The Fibonacci sequence – 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, ... – is one of the most famous pieces of mathematics. We see how these numbers appear in multiplying rabbits and bees, in the turns of sea shells and sunflower seeds, and how it all stemmed from a simple example in one of the most important books in Western mathematics.

A commonly held belief about medieval Europe is that academic pursuits had fallen into a dark age. The majority of scholars were churchmen, and their enquiry often related to some principle of church practice. But is there a value to respecting the tenacity of historic mathematicians?