The Fibonacci Sequence in Pop Culture: Literature Edition

Granted – words are what come to mind when literature is mentioned, not figures. Yet the Fibonacci Sequence has been explored in quite a number of novels, with plenty of authors taking inspiration from the famous series of numbers that have influenced the arts – from movies and painting to architecture and poetry. The digital marketing team at Fibonacci Marketing shares a few books which incorporate the Fibonacci sequence into the main plot – bookworms, burrow your noses into these babies!


1. The Perfect Spiral (Jason S. Hornsby)

A good example of so-called “math-fiction”, The Perfect Spiral combines various elements of different genres, creating a mixture of horror, surrealism, satire and science fiction. The plot revolves around the lives of teenagers, set in Hornsby’s hometown, and explores the themes of alienation and the suffocating oppression that comes with living in a small, insular society. Featured as a running theme is the Fibonacci Sequence and the Golden Spiral, the latter of which is even depicted on the cover image of the novel, along with being the main subject of the book’s title; the sequence itself acts as a sort of metaphor for the chaos which gradually builds around the main protagonists.


2. The Rabbit Problem (Emily Gavett)

This unique picture book for children is set in the fictional “Fibonacci’s Field”, and revolves around two rabbits called Chalk Rabbit and Lonely as they try to cope with brood, which is rapidly expanding. Gavett incorporates whimsical humour and incredible detail to tell a story dependent on the Fibonacci Sequence – as the numbers of baby rabbits increase, so does the number of mathematical problems, which are all presented an easy and child-friendly way.


3. The Luminaries (Eleanor Catton)

Awarded the Man Booker Prize in 2013, this novel is structured in a way that mimics the Fibonacci Sequence and the Golden Spiral – but in reverse. Each chapter in the Catton’s book is half the length of the one before it; in total, the novel comes in at over 800 pages. It was praised for being a complex, intriguing and well thought-out murder mystery – and Catton was just 28 years old when she wrote it!


4. Two Graves (Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child)

The twelfth installment in the Special Agent Pendergast series, the serial killer in this murder mystery uses the Fibonacci Sequence to attract the attention of the main character and investigator. Pendergast discovers that the number of each address belonging to the individual crime scenes is the sum of the previous two (5, 8, 13). We won’t say anything more  for fear of giving more away!


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