Happy Phi Day! – now with added Pyrofibonacciology

Today is one of the annual celebrations of my quixotic quest to have the “days” associated with particularly important numbers, like Phi (φ) and Pi (π), placed upon days that actually reflect the math behind the numbers. The number Phi (φ) is the ratio between a longer line segment and a shorter line segment in a variety of geometric shapes, including the famous golden rectangle, pentagrams, and the Fibonacci spiral. August 14th is the day in the calendar year that best creates this same ratio between the total length of the year and the date in question. Therefore, August 14th is, or rather should be, celebrated internationally as Phi Day.

Since I run this joint, it is officially Phi Day at The Finch & Pea. If we had merchandise, there would probably be a discount. I suspect this would not change the likelihood that you would buy The Finch & Pea merchandise.

In honor of Phi Day, I thought it might be fun to revisit the foundational text of the field of pyrofibonacciology. Continue reading “Happy Phi Day! – now with added Pyrofibonacciology”

Pea Green Boat

pyrofibonacciology, n, the study of Fibonacci sequences created using flaming objects

Unlike me, you may not have an encyclopedic memory of all my writings. So you may not recall the time I evaluated the Fibonacciness of Katy Chalmers‘ golden fire spiral.

Apparently, it was enough to convince the folks at the e-zine Pea Green Boat that I knew something about patterns in nature. As a result, you can now read my responses to their questions (formatting removed the questions and turned it into a, hopefully, more coherent piece) in the latest issue, entitled “Ascend”.

I think this apparent problem may be driven by the fact that patterns in nature are not always reliable. Sometimes that twig snapping is a harmless deer. Sometimes its a leopard* about to pounce. It is probably a better evolutionary bet for us to have brains that are willing to believe in the pattern that a twig-snap almost always precedes a pouncing leopard, even if it almost always the deer.

*I think my obsession with the idea that leopard predation was a major evolutionary pressure on the human species was the result of having read 2001: A Space Odyssey just a bit younger than is advisable.