Fibonacci and The Beauty of Diagrams

It was a nice Christmas present hearing that another two of my Fibonacci poems are being published by the Fib review today. I use the word “nice”, of course, in its purer mathematical sense meaning fine or subtle – its original meaning.

I have been writing more of these poems that owe their form to the medieval mathematician, Leonardo Fibonacci (c.1170 – c. 1250), whose so-called Fibonacci Sequence has been adopted as a syllabic pattern by poetry giving the medium its own equivalent of fine art’s Golden Section and which I explained in more detail in an earlier blog (8th september 2010 0 find it in the SEARCH window above).

Leonardo Fibonacci

I have been watching a series of BBC4 television programmes here in Britain called the Beauty of Diagrams, presented by the well-known mathematician, the very television-friendly, Marcus du Sautoy who has inspired me with his enthusiastic explanations of the importance as well as the beauty, and I should add, the niceness of diagrammatic simplifications of the complex.

Marcus du Sautoy

Professor du Sautoy began with Leonardo’s Vetruvian Man  with its own ingenious sequences defining the proportions of the human body.

Vetruvian Man

The last programme concentrated on the diagram sent into space in the 1970’s on Pioneer 10 on a journey to Jupiter  and then onwards beyond our own galaxy to explain mankind to any, if there is any, intelligent life in other galaxies. In an apparently simple diagram, the designers sought to show other worlds not only what homo sapiens looks like but also where we live and what date we posted this metal plaque into space. the optimistic thought behind that project was that mathematics is not just inter-galactic but possibly even universal.

The Pioneer Plaque

Certainly, even an ignoramus like me can see that there is beauty in numbers and, dull though it might sound, the more I play with Fibonacci’s formula, the more I feel its, er, niceness. I am beginning to see the pattern all over the place, not just in the diagrams below, whose beauty I am newly awakened to, but in Nature itself. I find order there for my poetry when I am trying to explain the chaos of thoughts rattling around in my brain.

Pascal’s Triangle contains the Fibonacci Sequence

The Fibonacci Curve

It would be nice indeed if, one day, in millions of years time, long after the great art galleries of the World have crumbled to dust, if The Fib Review could be found and understood by creatures from unknown galaxies. who knows, somewhere out there, might be planets where poetry is seen as an essential part of civilisation.

If you want to read my new fibonacci poems, Quitting and Snapshots,  click on Musepie Press on SOME LINKS in the right hand column on this page and then click on to the Fib Review icon on Musepie Press’s website.

Of course, aliens from other galaxies are welcome to read them too.

My novel, Stephen Dearsley’s Summer Of Love, was published  on 31 October 2013. It is the story of a young fogey living in Brighton in 1967 who has a lot to learn when the flowering hippie counter culture changes him and the world around him.

It is now available as a paperback or on Kindle (go to your region’s Amazon site for Kindle orders)

You can order the book from the publishers, Ward Wood Publishing:
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Stephen Dearsley’s Summer Of Love
Ward Wood Publishing
October 30, 2013

Genius Floored: Uncurtained Window
Soaring Penguin Press
June 15, 2013
Poetry anthology

Genius Floored: Whispers in Smoke
Soaring Penguin Press
June 6, 2014
Poetry anthology

Reaching Out
Cinnamon Press
December 2012
Poetry and short story anthology

Tic Toc
A Kind Of A Hurricane Press
June 2014
Poetry anthology

The Blotter
The Blotter Magazine Inc.
November 2009
Three pages of poetry in the American South’s unique, free, international literature and arts magazine.

The Fib Review
Musepie Press
My Fibonacci poetry has appeared in this journal from 2009 until the present

Shot Glass Journal
Muse Pie Press
My poetry has appeared in various issues of this short form poetry journal

Every Day Poets Magazine
Every Day Poets
I have various poems of the day published in this 365 days a year poetry magazine.

In The Night Count The Stars
Bittersweet Editions
March 1, 2014
An “uncommon anthology” of images, fragments, stories and poetry.

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