4 years, 4 months ago

Our refusal to use Fibonacci’s Numbers

Link: http://www.etc-architect.com/?p=395

Some days ago I saw a shirt with 01123581321 and I was instantly recognising the Fibonacci’s Numbers learned so long ago, especially the fractals and the many times the system occurs in nature. I actually even used them in different settings instead of the sequential arabic numbering for customer service surveys, KPI formulation  and for maturity CMMI systems starting at 1,2,3,5, 8 leaving out the additional 1. The really interesting thing is that in all cases using Fibonacci’s numbers proved to be better than the traditional approach as the current sequential numbering runs different to nature and our instincts.

The really interesting question is why we are not using Fibonacci’s numbering and here I could only see three answers. Either we are lazy, ignorant  or we think like adding machines. Obvious if it is just down to being lazy there is not too much to do. If it is that we become machines then a bit more socialising may help away from STEM people. If however it is ignorance please look at some great work on fractals by Benoit Mandelbrot such as “How Long Is the Coast of Britain? Statistical Self-Similarity and Fractional Dimension” from 1964 or Loren Carpenter’s work on using fractal to create the basic algorithm of computer generated animation often also referred to as the genesis effect.

Using Fibonacci’s numbers is actually a really intelligent way forward both in terms of business architecture and in terms of all mathematical IT architecture since almost all stress test benchmarks are build on Fibonacci’s numbers. Strangely Fibonacci’s numbers are one of they few things where math, business and psychology work hand in hand; and given how rare that is  we urgently need to change our architectural thinking to that reality.

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