The First Number of the Fibonacci SequenceDate: 10/17/95 at 14:43:54 From: Anonymous Subject: First number of Fibonacci sequence We're in 3rd grade. We're reading a mathnet book. What is the first number in the Fibonacci sequence, 1 or 0? We have looked in six books and asked the special math person in our school. Date: 10/18/95 at 14:10:23 From: Doctor Eric Subject: Re: First number of Fibonacci sequence Hi. An interesting question! I believe that the first number in the famous Fibonacci sequence is, in fact, 1. To tell you the truth, 1 is also the second number in the sequence. I know that seems a bit strange, but it's true. Think about how you figure out the numbers in the sequence, and convince yourself that _something_ had to be different about the second number. So, by definition, both the first and second numbers in the Fibonacci sequence are 1. -Doctor Eric, The Geometry Forum |
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