The Econophysics Blog

This blog is dedicated to exploring the application of quantiative tools from mathematics, physics, and other natural sciences to issues in finance, economics, and the social sciences. The focus of this blog will be on tools, methodology, and logic. This blog will also occasionally delve into philosophical issues surrounding quantitative finance and quantitative social science.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Fibonacci Poem Network

I just ran across an interesting New York Times article, Fibonacci Poems Multiply on the Web After Blog's Invitation (April 14, 2006). It talks about a blog -- -- that encourages readers to write poems based on the mathematical concept of Fibonacci sequences (0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, etc. -- where the first two digits are 0 & 1 and subsequent digits are the sum of the previous two digits). Assuming that the initial 'line' has no syllable, the next (which would be the first actually written line) line would have one syllable, the line after that would have one syllable, the line after that would have 1+1 = 2 syllables, and goes on in that fashion until the final line (one with eight syllables). An example (from the Times article):

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But how about a
Rare, geeky form of poetry?
What I found interesting about this article was that it is a perfect example of a social network developing from a combination of a shared interest (Fibonacci sequenced poetry) and blogging on the Internet.

By the way, I tried to come up with a Fibonacci poem on some Econophysics related theme. I haven't come up with anything yet! Readers are more than welcomed to try and come up with an Econophysics Fibonacci poem and post it in the comments.


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