Math lecturer shares fascination with number patterns


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Fibonacci number sequence has intrigued scholars for centuries as it occurs in art, nature, music and magic. A professor who calls herself Dr. Quinn, Mathematics Woman will talk about the “Fibonacci Fascination” March 26 at the University of Louisville.

    Jennifer Quinn, former executive director of the Association for Women in Mathematics, will speak at 6 p.m. in Room 101, Strickler Hall. The free, public talk is the annual Bullitt lecture sponsored by the mathematics department.

    The Bullitt family endowed the general-interest lectureship to honor former U.S. Solicitor General William Marshall Bullitt’s interest in mathematics.

    Leonardo Fibonacci was a 13th century mathematician who wrote about the number sequence in which the next number is created by adding the two preceding (0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, etc.). Quinn will talk about many natural examples of the Fibonacci numbers and the unusual spiraling patterns of the mathematical sequence.

    Judy Hughes
    Judy Hughes is a senior communications and marketing coordinator for UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing and associate editor of UofL Magazine. She previously worked in news as a writer and editor for a daily newspaper and The Associated Press.