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When the west took off
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When someone showed me this cactus with a nice red fruit, what came to my mind was Fibonacci.
He was a great Italian scholar of the middle ages who lent his name to a number sequence (1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34….) where every number is a sum of two preceding it. Interestingly this sequence is also mathematically related to the golden ratio. Since then through the centuries people have noticing that so many things in naturethat follow maths governed by Fibonacci numbers, angles, ratios etc. They are in flower petals, leaf-flower arrangements, pine cones, seedheads, shells etc. And of course in many great artistic outputs of man such as paintings and buildings as well.
Modern mathematicians using powerful computers have run simulations with conditions such as plant shape, its biomechanical constraints, laws of growth patterns, energy required etc and the results show best/ optimal patterns or shapes that invariably follow Fibonacci numbers!
Do read this small snippet for explanation
However, the great Fibonacci was responsible something even more important. (He himself did not attach too much importance to his famous sequence).
He was a widely travelled man who visited Africa, Middle East and other places. He picked up the number system from the Arabs who had links with India and had borrowed the concept of zero. He took it back to Europe and did what was right. Today he is the man credited to have been responsible for changing the number system from Roman to Arabic. The west never looked back since then.
Interestingly, the European merchants opposed this saying it makes things easy for fraudulent people. I can see their image or hear their voice in so many places today – hollywood, music industry, conservative parents or governments…..
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Detail of manuscript.
The Matenadaran at Yerevan, the capital of Armenia.
The Matenadaran is one of the oldest and richest book-depositories in the world.
Its collection of about 17.000 manuscripts includes almost all the areas of
ancient and medieval Armenian culture and sciences – history, geography,
grammar, philosophy, law, medicine, mathematics-cosmography, theory of calendar,
alchemy-chemistry, translations, literature, chronology, art history, miniature,
music and theatre, as well as manuscripts in Arabic, Persian, Greek, Syrian,
Latin, Ethiopian, Indian, Japanese and others. In this center of cultural
heritage many originals, lost in their mother languages and known only of their
Armenian translations, have been saved from loss.
The history of the Matenadaran dates back to the creation of the Armenian
alphabet in 405.
Image by Martin Deutsch
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