Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Math and Poetry

Did you know that April is both Mathematics Awareness Month and National Poetry Month? Well, it is. And by coincidence, one person (who happens to be a volunteer elementary school librarian) has combined the two.

You might recall from math class the Fibonacci sequence, where you start with 0 and 1, and each number after that is the sum of the two before (0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, ...). This person, Gregory, decided to write a 6 line poem, with each line having the number of syllables in the order of the Fibonacci numbers, starting with one. He asked for others, and hundreds of people wrote poems. You can see his original, and the ones left by comment writers, on his blog page entry.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

1 comment:

Gregory K. said...

Meow! I was gonna use that in a Fib, but there's been controversy as to whether it's one or two syllables. As Cat is not my native tongue, I refuse to get involved.

Thanks for the link. I look forward to some Hofsta-esque Fibbing.