Fibonacci Numbers
a collection of information on Fibonacci numbers (0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,...)
and the Golden section ( 0.61803... and 1.61803...)
This Fibonacci page was originally developed in 1995 and went live on the web in March 1996 making it now one of the
longest running active pages on Mathematics on the web!
Dr E Lawrence and myself, members of Surrey University Mathematics Department, were part of a large UK government
Teaching and Learning Technology Project (TLTP)
called
Mathwise,
although now that name has been used by several other individuals and groups unassociated with this project.
It aimed to provide maths software to link school and university mathematics, involving
23 UK universities
developing activities and assessment on 40 topics in mathematics, ending in about 1995.
Mathwise never really reached its full potential because it was developed on a both PCs and Macs using
a variety of software, some of which soon became obsolete. The PC and Mac software was
never integrated into one unified and accessible system.
I developed this Fibonacci page after Mathwise to see if the (then new) internet
could be used to communicate maths, having the advantages that
- it ran identically on many kinds of computer, both personal and desktop, PC and Mac
- it was accessible everywhere
- it would be easy to maintain as the web developed
- it was free
It was designed as both a resource for teachers as well as for keen (and not-so-keen) students
who wanted to explore topics off the main school curriculum. Hence each webpage is longer than has now become the norm
on the web so that
each could be downloaded and viewed at leisure offline, dating from the days
when a wi-fi connection was still rare, costly and very slow.
This page gained many awards in its early days.
I now live in Bolton, near Manchester, UK.