# The soul of a mathematician is often a poet

Poetry is often accompanied by beauty. Great poetry not only contains beauty, but also has a rich philosophical accumulation. Good poetry always coexists artistic and philosophical. So, how can there be such a poem? Today I will take you to take a look at the mathematics poems that are novel and full of philosophical beauty.

On this day, I saw a set of poems by a peculiar poet, Brian Bilston, on social media. The poems looked like a set of carefully selected words, but with a certain pattern. It is said that this is a Fibonacci poem.

What is Fibonacci style poetry? This starts with the famous Fibonacci sequence in mathematics. In mathematics, the Fibonacci sequence is a sequence of numbers studied by the Italian Fibonacci. I believe you must have encountered it in the textbooks of elementary or junior high school. When he described the number of rabbits growing, he made the following assumption: there was a pair of newly born rabbits at the beginning of the first month, and the newly born rabbits would not bear children in the second month, and they could bear children every month from the third month. Every month, every pair of fertile rabbits will give birth to a new pair of rabbits, and the rabbits will never die. Calculating through a series of mathematical formulas to the end, we get a series of numbers-1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144… the number of words in each line of a poem created using this series of numbers It happens to be the same as this sequence. Therefore, we call it “Fibonacci Poem”, or “Fibonacci Poem” for short.

Here, we look at this first surprising “Fei poem” To read more intuitive, shown here is the Chinese version of the poem:

”crowded the word”

Author: Brian Bilston

me

in

paper

to write the poem

that every line longer

words are the first two lines and

I began to worry that this rule kept writing

you will see a rapid depletion of psalms paper Fibonacci body

…………

In fact, when writing this style of poetry, Chinese has unique advantages over English. Because the length of each word in English is different, and English sentences are not easy to break into lines, these can be easily done in Chinese. Of course, all Fibonacci poems have a common feature, that is, there is no ending. As Billston said, what you need to worry about is that there is not enough space on the paper.

After understanding Fibonacci poems, let’s look at one of Bilston’s other mathematical poems. Poetry is a Venn diagram, let’s call it Venn, which is also quite interesting.

Venn diagram, also known as Venn diagram or Venn diagram, is a kind of sketch used to represent sets in the mathematical branch of set theory. The simplest is a Venn diagram composed of two sets. For a simple example, set A can represent the totality of all mathematicians, and set B can represent the totality of all philosophers. Then the intersection of their overlapping areas C includes all those who are both mathematicians and philosophers.