In mathematics, the Fibonacci numbers or Fibonacci series or Fibonacci sequence are the numbers in the following integer sequence:
 $0,\backslash ;1,\backslash ;1,\backslash ;2,\backslash ;3,\backslash ;5,\backslash ;8,\backslash ;13,\backslash ;21,\backslash ;34,\backslash ;55,\backslash ;89,\backslash ;144,\backslash ;\; \backslash ldots\backslash ;$ (sequence OEIS)
By definition, the first two numbers in the Fibonacci sequence are 0 and 1, and each subsequent number is the sum of the previous two.
In mathematical terms, the sequence F_{n} of Fibonacci numbers is defined by the recurrence relation
 $F\_n\; =\; F\_\{n1\}\; +\; F\_\{n2\},\backslash !\backslash ,$
with seed values
 $F\_0\; =\; 0,\backslash ;\; F\_1\; =\; 1.$
The Fibonacci sequence is named after Leonardo Fibonacci. His 1202 book Liber Abaci introduced the sequence to Western European mathematics, although the sequence had been described earlier in Indian mathematics.^{[5]}^{[6]}^{[7]} By modern convention, the sequence begins either with F_{0} = 0 or with F_{1} = 1. The Liber Abaci began the sequence with F_{1} = 1, without an initial 0.
Fibonacci numbers are closely related to Lucas numbers in that they are a complementary pair of Lucas sequences. They are intimately connected with the golden ratio; for example, the closest rational approximations to the ratio are 2/1, 3/2, 5/3, 8/5, ... . Applications include computer algorithms such as the Fibonacci search technique and the Fibonacci heap data structure, and graphs called Fibonacci cubes used for interconnecting parallel and distributed systems. They also appear in biological settings,^{[8]} such as branching in trees, phyllotaxis (the arrangement of leaves on a stem), the fruit sprouts of a pineapple,^{[9]} the flowering of artichoke, an uncurling fern and the arrangement of a pine cone.^{[10]}
Origins
The Fibonacci sequence appears in Indian mathematics, in connection with Sanskrit prosody.^{[6]}^{[11]} In the Sanskrit oral tradition, there was much emphasis on how long (L) syllables mix with the short (S), and counting the different patterns of L and S within a given fixed length results in the Fibonacci numbers; the number of patterns that are m short syllables long is the Fibonacci number F_{m + 1}.^{[7]}
Susantha Goonatilake writes that the development of the Fibonacci sequence "is attributed in part to Pingala (200 BC), later being associated with Virahanka (c. 700 AD), Gopāla (c. 1135), and Hemachandra (c. 1150)".^{[5]} Parmanand Singh cites Pingala's cryptic formula misrau cha ("the two are mixed") and cites scholars who interpret it in context as saying that the cases for m beats (F_{m+1}) is obtained by adding a [S] to F_{m} cases and [L] to the F_{m−1} cases. He dates Pingala before 450 BC.^{[12]}
However, the clearest exposition of the series arises in the work of Virahanka (c. 700 AD), whose own work is lost, but is available in a quotation by Gopala (c. 1135):
 Variations of two earlier meters [is the variation]... For example, for [a meter of length] four, variations of meters of two [and] three being mixed, five happens. [works out examples 8, 13, 21]... In this way, the process should be followed in all mātrāvṛttas [prosodic combinations].^{[13]}
The series is also discussed by Gopala (before 1135 AD) and by the Jain scholar Hemachandra (c. 1150).
In the West, the Fibonacci sequence first appears in the book Liber Abaci (1202) by Leonardo of Pisa, known as Fibonacci. Fibonacci considers the growth of an idealized (biologically unrealistic) rabbit population, assuming that: a newly born pair of rabbits, one male, one female, are put in a field; rabbits are able to mate at the age of one month so that at the end of its second month a female can produce another pair of rabbits; rabbits never die and a mating pair always produces one new pair (one male, one female) every month from the second month on. The puzzle that Fibonacci posed was: how many pairs will there be in one year?
 At the end of the first month, they mate, but there is still only 1 pair.
 At the end of the second month the female produces a new pair, so now there are 2 pairs of rabbits in the field.
 At the end of the third month, the original female produces a second pair, making 3 pairs in all in the field.
 At the end of the fourth month, the original female has produced yet another new pair, the female born two months ago produces her first pair also, making 5 pairs.
At the end of the nth month, the number of pairs of rabbits is equal to the number of new pairs (which is the number of pairs in month n − 2) plus the number of pairs alive last month (n − 1). This is the nth Fibonacci number.^{[14]}
The name "Fibonacci sequence" was first used by the 19thcentury number theorist Édouard Lucas.^{[15]}
List of Fibonacci numbers
The first 21 Fibonacci numbers F_{n} for n = 0, 1, 2, ..., 20 are:^{[16]}
F_{0}

F_{1}

F_{2}

F_{3}

F_{4}

F_{5}

F_{6}

F_{7}

F_{8}

F_{9}

F_{10}

F_{11}

F_{12}

F_{13}

F_{14}

F_{15}

F_{16}

F_{17}

F_{18}

F_{19}

F_{20}

0

1

1

2

3

5

8

13

21

34

55

89

144

233

377

610

987

1597

2584

4181

6765

The sequence can also be extended to negative index n using the rearranged recurrence relation
 $F\_\{n2\}\; =\; F\_n\; \; F\_\{n1\},$
which yields the sequence of "negafibonacci" numbers^{[17]} satisfying
 $F\_\{n\}\; =\; (1)^\{n+1\}\; F\_n.$
Thus the bidirectional sequence is
F_{−8}

F_{−7}

F_{−6}

F_{−5}

F_{−4}

F_{−3}

F_{−2}

F_{−1}

F_{0}

F_{1}

F_{2}

F_{3}

F_{4}

F_{5}

F_{6}

F_{7}

F_{8}

−21

13

−8

5

−3

2

−1

1

0

1

1

2

3

5

8

13

21

Use in mathematics
The Fibonacci numbers occur in the sums of "shallow" diagonals in Pascal's triangle (see Binomial coefficient).
 $F\_\{n\}=\backslash sum\_\{k=0\}^\{\backslash lfloor\backslash frac\{n1\}\{2\}\backslash rfloor\}\; \backslash tbinom\; \{nk1\}\; k.$
The Fibonacci numbers can be found in different ways in the sequence of binary strings.
 The number of binary strings of length n without consecutive 1s is the Fibonacci number F_{n+2}. For example, out of the 16 binary strings of length 4, there are F_{6} = 8 without consecutive 1s – they are 0000, 0001, 0010, 0100, 0101, 1000, 1001 and 1010. (The strings with consecutive 1s are: 0011, 0110, 0111, 1011, 1100, 1101, 1110 and 1111.) By symmetry, the number of strings of length n without consecutive 0s is also F_{n+2}.
 The number of binary strings of length n without an odd number of consecutive 1s is the Fibonacci number F_{n+1}. For example, out of the 16 binary strings of length 4, there are F_{5} = 5 without an odd number of consecutive 1s – they are 0000, 0011, 0110, 1100, 1111.
 The number of binary strings of length n without an even number of consecutive 0s or 1s is 2F_{n}. For example, out of the 16 binary strings of length 4, there are 2F_{4} = 6 without an even number of consecutive 0s or 1s – they are 0001, 0111, 0101, 1000, 1010, 1110.
Relation to the golden ratio
Closedform expression
Like every sequence defined by a linear recurrence with constant coefficients, the Fibonacci numbers have a closedform solution. It has become known as Binet's formula, even though it was already known by Abraham de Moivre:^{[19]}
 $F\_n\; =\; \backslash frac\{\backslash varphi^n\backslash psi^n\}\{\backslash varphi\backslash psi\}\; =\; \backslash frac\{\backslash varphi^n\backslash psi^n\}\{\backslash sqrt\; 5\}$
where
 $\backslash varphi\; =\; \backslash frac\{1\; +\; \backslash sqrt\{5\}\}\{2\}\; \backslash approx\; 1.61803\backslash ,39887\backslash cdots\backslash ,$
is the OEIS), and
 $\backslash psi\; =\; \backslash frac\{1\; \; \backslash sqrt\{5\}\}\{2\}\; =\; 1\; \; \backslash varphi\; =\; \; \{1\; \backslash over\; \backslash varphi\}\; \backslash approx\; 0.61803\backslash ,39887\backslash cdots$
Since $\backslash psi\; =\; \backslash frac\{1\}\{\backslash varphi\}$, this formula can also be written as
$F\_n\; =\; \backslash frac\{\backslash varphi^n(\backslash varphi)^\{n\}\}\{\backslash sqrt\; 5\}$
To see this, note that φ and ψ are both solutions of the equations
 $x^2\; =\; x\; +\; 1,\backslash ,\; x^n\; =\; x^\{n1\}\; +\; x^\{n2\},\backslash ,$
so the powers of φ and ψ satisfy the Fibonacci recursion. In other words
 $\backslash varphi^n\; =\; \backslash varphi^\{n1\}\; +\; \backslash varphi^\{n2\}\backslash ,$
and
 $\backslash psi^n\; =\; \backslash psi^\{n1\}\; +\; \backslash psi^\{n2\}\backslash ,\; .$
It follows that for any values a and b, the sequence defined by
 $U\_n=a\; \backslash varphi^n\; +\; b\; \backslash psi^n\backslash ,$
satisfies the same recurrence
 $U\_n=a\; \backslash varphi^\{n1\}\; +\; b\; \backslash psi^\{n1\}\; +\; a\; \backslash varphi^\{n2\}\; +\; b\; \backslash psi^\{n2\}\; =\; U\_\{n1\}\; +\; U\_\{n2\}.\backslash ,$
If a and b are chosen so that U_{0} = 0 and U_{1} = 1 then the resulting sequence U_{n} must be the Fibonacci sequence. This is the same as requiring a and b satisfy the system of equations:
 $\backslash left\backslash \{\backslash begin\{array\}\{l\}\; a\; +\; b\; =\; 0\backslash \backslash \; \backslash varphi\; a\; +\; \backslash psi\; b\; =\; 1\backslash end\{array\}\backslash right.$
which has solution
 $a\; =\; \backslash frac\{1\}\{\backslash varphi\backslash psi\}\; =\; \backslash frac\{1\}\{\backslash sqrt\; 5\},\backslash ,\; b\; =\; a$
producing the required formula.
Computation by rounding
Since
 $\backslash frac\{\backslash psi^n\}\{\backslash sqrt\; 5\}\; <\; \backslash frac\{1\}\{2\}$
for all n ≥ 0, the number F_{n} is the closest integer to
 $\backslash frac\{\backslash varphi^n\}\{\backslash sqrt\; 5\}\backslash ,\; .$
Therefore it can be found by rounding, or in terms of the floor function:
 $F\_n=\backslash bigg\backslash lfloor\backslash frac\{\backslash varphi^n\}\{\backslash sqrt\; 5\}\; +\; \backslash frac\{1\}\{2\}\backslash bigg\backslash rfloor,\backslash \; n\; \backslash geq\; 0.$
Or the nearest integer function:
 $F\_n=\backslash bigg[\backslash frac\{\backslash varphi^n\}\{\backslash sqrt\; 5\}\backslash bigg],\backslash \; n\; \backslash geq\; 0.$
Similarly, if we already know that the number F > 1 is a Fibonacci number, we can determine its index within the sequence by
 $n(F)\; =\; \backslash bigg\backslash lfloor\; \backslash log\_\backslash varphi\; \backslash left(F\backslash cdot\backslash sqrt\{5\}\; +\; \backslash frac\{1\}\{2\}\backslash right)\; \backslash bigg\backslash rfloor$
Limit of consecutive quotients
Johannes Kepler observed that the ratio of consecutive Fibonacci numbers converges. He wrote that "as 5 is to 8 so is 8 to 13, practically, and as 8 is to 13, so is 13 to 21 almost", and concluded that the limit approaches the golden ratio $\backslash varphi$.^{[22]}^{[23]}
 $\backslash lim\_\{n\backslash to\backslash infty\}\backslash frac\{F\_\{n+1\}\}\{F\_n\}=\backslash varphi$
This convergence does not depend on the starting values chosen, excluding 0, 0. For example, the initial values 19 and 31 generate the sequence 19, 31, 50, 81, 131, 212, 343, 555 ... etc. The ratio of consecutive terms in this sequence shows the same convergence towards the golden ratio.
In fact this holds for any sequence that satisfies the Fibonacci recurrence other than a sequence of 0s. This can be derived from Binet's formula.
Another consequence is that the limit of the ratio of two Fibonacci numbers offset by a particular finite deviation in index corresponds to the golden ratio raised by that deviation. Or, in other words:
 $\backslash lim\_\{n\backslash to\backslash infty\}\backslash frac\{F\_\{n+\backslash alpha\}\}\{F\_n\}=\backslash varphi^\backslash alpha$
Decomposition of powers of the golden ratio
Since the golden ratio satisfies the equation
 $\backslash varphi^2\; =\; \backslash varphi\; +\; 1,\backslash ,$
this expression can be used to decompose higher powers $\backslash varphi^n$ as a linear function of lower powers, which in turn can be decomposed all the way down to a linear combination of $\backslash varphi$ and 1. The resulting recurrence relationships yield Fibonacci numbers as the linear coefficients:
 $\backslash varphi^n\; =\; F\_n\backslash varphi\; +\; F\_\{n1\}.$
This equation can be proved by induction on n.
This expression is also true for n < 1 if the Fibonacci sequence F_{n} is extended to negative integers using the Fibonacci rule $F\_n\; =\; F\_\{n1\}\; +\; F\_\{n2\}.$
Matrix form
A 2dimensional system of linear difference equations that describes the Fibonacci sequence is
 $\backslash begin\{align\}$
{F_{k+2} \choose F_{k+1}} &= \begin{pmatrix} 1 & 1 \\ 1 & 0 \end{pmatrix} {F_{k+1} \choose F_{k}} \\
\vec F_{k+1} &= \mathbf{A} \vec F_{k} ~.
\end{align}
The eigenvalues of the matrix A are $\backslash scriptstyle\; \backslash varphi=\backslash frac12(1+\backslash sqrt5)\backslash ,\backslash !$ and $\backslash scriptstyle\; 1\backslash varphi=\backslash frac12(1\backslash sqrt5)$, for the respective
eigenvectors $\backslash scriptstyle\; \{\backslash varphi\; \backslash choose\; 1\}$ and $\backslash scriptstyle\; \{1\backslash varphi\; \backslash choose\; 1\}$ .
Since $\backslash scriptstyle\; \{\backslash varphi\; \backslash choose\; 1\}\; \; \backslash scriptstyle\; \{1\backslash varphi\; \backslash choose\; 1\}=\; \backslash sqrt\{5\}\; ~\backslash scriptstyle\; \{1\backslash choose\; 0\}$, and $\backslash vec\; F\_\{n\}\; =\; \backslash mathbf\{A\}^n\; \backslash vec\; F\_\{0\},$
the above closedform expression for the Template:Mvarth element in the Fibonacci series as an analytic function of Template:Mvar is now read off directly,
 $F\_\{n\}\; =\; \backslash cfrac\{1\}\{\backslash sqrt\{5\}\}\backslash cdot\backslash left(\backslash cfrac\{1+\backslash sqrt\{5\}\}\{2\}\backslash right)^n\backslash cfrac\{1\}\{\backslash sqrt\{5\}\}\backslash cdot\backslash left(\backslash cfrac\{1\backslash sqrt\{5\}\}\{2\}\backslash right)^n~.$
The matrix has a determinant of −1, and thus it is a 2×2 unimodular matrix.
This property can be understood in terms of the continued fraction representation for the golden ratio:
 $\backslash varphi\; =\; 1\; +\; \backslash cfrac\{1\}\{1\; +\; \backslash cfrac\{1\}\{1\; +\; \backslash cfrac\{1\}\{1\; +\; \backslash ;\backslash ;\backslash ddots\backslash ,\}\}\}$
The Fibonacci numbers occur as the ratio of successive convergents of the continued fraction for Template:Mvar, and the matrix formed from successive convergents of any continued fraction has a determinant of +1 or −1. The matrix representation gives the following closed expression for the Fibonacci numbers:
 $\backslash begin\{pmatrix\}\; 1\; \&\; 1\; \backslash \backslash \; 1\; \&\; 0\; \backslash end\{pmatrix\}^n\; =\; \backslash begin\{pmatrix\}\; F\_\{n+1\}\; \&\; F\_n\; \backslash \backslash \; F\_n\; \&\; F\_\{n1\}\; \backslash end\{pmatrix\}.$
Taking the determinant of both sides of this equation yields Cassini's identity,
 $(1)^n\; =\; F\_\{n+1\}F\_\{n1\}\; \; F\_n^2\backslash ,.$
Moreover, since A^{n} A^{m} = A^{n+m} for any square matrix A, the following identities can be derived,
 $\backslash begin\{align\}$
{F_m}{F_n} + {F_{m1}}{F_{n1}} &= F_{m+n1}\\
F_{n+1}F_{m} + F_n F_{m1} &= F_{m+n}~ .
\end{align}
In particular, with m = n,
 $\backslash begin\{align\}$
F_{2n1} &= F_n^2 + F_{n1}^2\\
F_{2n} &= (F_{n1}+F_{n+1})F_n\\
&= (2F_{n1}+F_n)F_n ~ .
\end{align}
These last two identities provide a way to compute Fibonacci numbers recursively in O(log(n)) arithmetic operations and in time O(M(n) log(n)), where M(n) is the time for the multplication of two numbers of n digits. This matches the time for computing the nth Fibonacci number from the closedform matrix formula, but with fewer redundant steps if one avoids to recompute an already computed Fibonacci number (recursion with memoization).^{[24]}
Recognizing Fibonacci numbers
The question may arise whether a positive integer x is a Fibonacci number. This is true if and only if one or both of $5x^2+4$ or $5x^24$ is a perfect square.^{[25]} This is because Binet's formula above can be rearranged to give
$n\; =\; \backslash log\_\{\backslash varphi\}\backslash left(\backslash frac\{F\_n\backslash sqrt\{5\}\; +\; \backslash sqrt\{5F\_n^2\; \backslash pm\; 4\}\}\{2\}\backslash right)$ (allowing one to find the position in the sequence of a given Fibonacci number)
This formula must return an integer for all n, so the expression under the radical must be an integer (otherwise the logarithm does not even return a rational number).
Combinatorial Identities
Most identities involving Fibonacci numbers can be proven using combinatorial arguments using the fact that F_{n} can be interpreted as the number of sequences of 1s and 2s that sum to n − 1. This can be taken as the definition of F_{n}, with the convention that F_{0} = 0, meaning no sum adds up to −1, and that F_{1} = 1, meaning the empty sum "adds up" to 0. Here, the order of the summand matters. For example, 1 + 2 and 2 + 1 are considered two different sums.
For example, the recurrence relation
 $F\_\{n\}\; =\; F\_\{n1\}\; +\; F\_\{n2\},\backslash ,$
or in words, the nth Fibonacci number is the sum of the previous two Fibonacci numbers, may be shown by dividing the F_{n} sums of 1s and 2s that add to n−1 into two nonoverlapping groups. One group contains those sums whose first term is 1 and the other those sums whose first term is 2. In the first group the remaining terms add to n − 2, so it has F(n−1) sums, and in the second group the remaining terms add to n−3, so there are F_{n−2} sums. So there are a total of F_{n−1} + F_{n−2} sums altogether, showing this is equal to F_{n}.
Similarly, it may be shown that the sum of the first Fibonacci numbers up to the nth is equal to the (n + 2)nd Fibonacci number minus 1. In symbols:
 $\backslash sum\_\{i=1\}^n\; F\_i\; =\; F\_\{n+2\}\; \; 1$
This is done by dividing the sums adding to n+1 in a different way, this time by the location of the first 2. Specifically, the first group consists of those sums that start with 2, the second group those that start 1+2, the third 1+1+2, and so on, until the last group, which consists of the single sum where only 1's are used. The number of sums in the first group is F(n), F(n − 1) in the second group, and so on, with 1 sum in the last group. So the total number of sums is F(n) + F(n−1) + ... + F(1)+1 and therefore this quantity is equal to F(n+2)
A similar argument, grouping the sums by the position of the first 1 rather than the first 2, gives two more identities:
 $\backslash sum\_\{i=0\}^\{n1\}\; F\_\{2i+1\}\; =\; F\_\{2n\}$
and
 $\backslash sum\_\{i=1\}^\{n\}\; F\_\{2i\}\; =\; F\_\{2n+1\}1.$
In words, the sum of the first Fibonacci numbers with odd index up to F_{2n−1} is the (2n)th Fibonacci number, and the sum of the first Fibonacci numbers with even index up to F_{2n} is the (2n+1)st Fibonacci number minus 1.^{[27]}
A different trick may be used to prove
 $\backslash sum\_\{i=1\}^n\; \{F\_i\}^2\; =\; F\_\{n\}\; F\_\{n+1\},$
or in words, the sum of the squares of the first Fibonacci numbers up to F_{n} is the product of the nth and (n+1)st Fibonacci numbers. In this case note that Fibonacci rectangle of size F_{n} by F (n+1) can be decomposed into squares of size F_{n}, F_{n−1}, and so on to F_{1} = 1, from which the identity follows by comparing areas.
Other identities
Numerous other identities can be derived using various methods. Some of the most noteworthy are:^{[28]}
Catalan's Identity:
 $F\_n^2\; \; F\_\{n+r\}F\_\{nr\}\; =\; (1)^\{nr\}F\_r^2$
Cassini's Identity:
 $F\_n^2\; \; F\_\{n+1\}F\_\{n1\}\; =\; (1)^\{n1\}$
d'Ocagne's identity:
 $F\_m\; F\_\{n+1\}\; \; F\_\{m+1\}\; F\_n\; =\; (1)^n\; F\_\{mn\}$
 $F\_\{2n\}\; =\; F\_\{n+1\}^2\; \; F\_\{n1\}^2\; =\; F\_n\; \backslash left\; (F\_\{n+1\}+F\_\{n1\}\; \backslash right\; )\; =\; F\_nL\_n$
where L_{n} is the n'th Lucas Number. The last is an identity for doubling n; other identities of this type are
 $F\_\{3n\}\; =\; 2F\_n^3\; +\; 3F\_n\; F\_\{n+1\}\; F\_\{n1\}\; =\; 5F\_n^3\; +\; 3\; (1)^n\; F\_n$
by Cassini's identity.
 $\backslash begin\{align\}$
F_{3n+1} &= F_{n+1}^3 + 3 F_{n+1}F_n^2  F_n^3 \\
F_{3n+2} &= F_{n+1}^3 + 3 F_{n+1}^2F_n + F_n^3 \\
F_{4n} &= 4F_nF_{n+1} \left (F_{n+1}^2 + 2F_n^2 \right )  3F_n^2 \left (F_n^2 + 2F_{n+1}^2 \right )
\end{align}
These can be found experimentally using lattice reduction, and are useful in setting up the special number field sieve to factorize a Fibonacci number.
More generally,^{[28]}
 $F\_\{kn+c\}\; =\; \backslash sum\_\{i=0\}^k\; \{k\backslash choose\; i\}\; F\_\{ci\}\; F\_n^i\; F\_\{n+1\}^\{ki\}.$
Putting k = 2 in this formula, one gets again the formulas of the end of above section Matrix form.
Power series
The generating function of the Fibonacci sequence is the power series
 $s(x)=\backslash sum\_\{k=0\}^\{\backslash infty\}\; F\_k\; x^k.$
This series is convergent for $x\; <\; \backslash frac\{1\}\{\backslash varphi\},$ and its sum has a simple closedform:^{[29]}
 $s(x)=\backslash frac\{x\}\{1xx^2\}$
This can be proven by using the Fibonacci recurrence to expand each coefficient in the infinite sum:
 $\backslash begin\{align\}$
s(x) &= \sum_{k=0}^{\infty} F_k x^k \\
&= F_0 + F_1x + \sum_{k=2}^{\infty} \left( F_{k1} + F_{k2} \right) x^k \\
&= x + \sum_{k=2}^{\infty} F_{k1} x^k + \sum_{k=2}^{\infty} F_{k2} x^k \\
&= x + x\sum_{k=0}^{\infty} F_k x^k + x^2\sum_{k=0}^{\infty} F_k x^k \\
&= x + x s(x) + x^2 s(x).
\end{align}
Solving the equation
 $s(x)=x+xs(x)+x^2s(x)$
for s(x) results in the above closed form.
If x is the inverse of an integer, the closed form of the series becomes
 $\backslash sum\_\{n=0\}^\backslash infty\backslash ,\backslash frac\{F\_n\}\{k^\{n\}\}\backslash ,=\backslash ,\backslash frac\{k\}\{k^\{2\}k1\}.$
In particular,
 $\backslash sum\_\{n\; =\; 1\}^\{\backslash infty\}\{\backslash frac\; \{F\_n\}\{10^\{(k\; +\; 1)(n\; +\; 1)\}\}\}\; =\; \backslash frac\; \{1\}\{10^\{2k\; +\; 2\}\; \; 10^\{k\; +\; 1\}\; \; 1\}$
for all nonnegative integers k.
Some math puzzlebooks present as curious the particular value $\backslash frac\{s(\backslash frac\{1\}\{10\})\}\{10\}=\backslash frac\{1\}\{89\}$.^{[30]}
Reciprocal sums
Infinite sums over reciprocal Fibonacci numbers can sometimes be evaluated in terms of theta functions. For example, we can write the sum of every oddindexed reciprocal Fibonacci number as
 $\backslash sum\_\{k=0\}^\backslash infty\; \backslash frac\{1\}\{F\_\{2k+1\}\}\; =\; \backslash frac\{\backslash sqrt\{5\}\}\{4\}\backslash vartheta\_2^2\; \backslash left(0,\; \backslash frac\{3\backslash sqrt\; 5\}\{2\}\backslash right)\; ,$
and the sum of squared reciprocal Fibonacci numbers as
 $\backslash sum\_\{k=1\}^\backslash infty\; \backslash frac\{1\}\{F\_k^2\}\; =\; \backslash frac\{5\}\{24\}\; \backslash left(\backslash vartheta\_2^4\backslash left(0,\; \backslash frac\{3\backslash sqrt\; 5\}\{2\}\backslash right)\; \; \backslash vartheta\_4^4\backslash left(0,\; \backslash frac\{3\backslash sqrt\; 5\}\{2\}\backslash right)\; +\; 1\; \backslash right).$
If we add 1 to each Fibonacci number in the first sum, there is also the closed form
 $\backslash sum\_\{k=0\}^\backslash infty\; \backslash frac\{1\}\{1+F\_\{2k+1\}\}\; =\; \backslash frac\{\backslash sqrt\{5\}\}\{2\},$
and there is a nice nested sum of squared Fibonacci numbers giving the reciprocal of the golden ratio,
 $\backslash sum\_\{k=1\}^\backslash infty\; \backslash frac\{(1)^\{k+1\}\}\{\backslash sum\_\{j=1\}^k\; \{F\_\{j\}\}^2\}\; =\; \backslash frac\{\backslash sqrt\{5\}1\}\{2\}.$
Results such as these make it plausible that a closed formula for the plain sum of reciprocal Fibonacci numbers could be found, but none is yet known. Despite that, the reciprocal Fibonacci constant
 $\backslash psi\; =\; \backslash sum\_\{k=1\}^\{\backslash infty\}\; \backslash frac\{1\}\{F\_k\}\; =\; 3.359885666243\; \backslash dots$
has been proved irrational by Richard AndréJeannin.
Millin series gives a remarkable identity:^{[31]}
 $\backslash sum\_\{n=0\}^\{\backslash infty\}\; \backslash frac\{1\}\{F\_\{2^n\}\}\; =\; \backslash frac\{7\; \; \backslash sqrt\{5\}\}\{2\}$
which follows from the closed form for its partial sums as N tends to infinity:
 $\backslash sum\_\{n=0\}^N\; \backslash frac\{1\}\{F\_\{2^n\}\}\; =\; 3\; \; \backslash frac\{F\_\{2^N1\}\}\{F\_\{2^N\}\}.$
Primes and divisibility
Divisibility properties
Every 3rd number of the sequence is even and more generally, every kth number of the sequence is a multiple of F_{k}. Thus the Fibonacci sequence is an example of a divisibility sequence. In fact, the Fibonacci sequence satisfies the stronger divisibility property^{[32]}^{[33]}
 $\backslash gcd(F\_m,F\_n)\; =\; F\_\{\backslash gcd(m,n)\}.$
Any three consecutive Fibonacci numbers are pairwise coprime, which means that, for every n,
 gcd(F_{n}, F_{n+1}) = gcd(F_{n}, F_{n+2}) = gcd(F_{n+1}, F_{n+2}) = 1.
Fibonacci primes
A Fibonacci prime is a Fibonacci number that is prime. The first few are:
 2, 3, 5, 13, 89, 233, 1597, 28657, 514229, … (sequence OEIS).
Fibonacci primes with thousands of digits have been found, but it is not known whether there are infinitely many.^{[34]}
F_{kn} is divisible by F_{n}, so, apart from F_{4} = 3, any Fibonacci prime must have a prime index. As there are arbitrarily long runs of composite numbers, there are therefore also arbitrarily long runs of composite Fibonacci numbers.
With the exceptions of 1, 8 and 144 (F_{1} = F_{2}, F_{6} and F_{12}) every Fibonacci number has a prime factor that is not a factor of any smaller Fibonacci number (Carmichael's theorem).^{[35]}
The only nontrivial
square Fibonacci number is 144.^{[36]} Attila Pethő proved in 2001 that there is only a finite number of perfect power Fibonacci numbers.^{[37]} In 2006, Y. Bugeaud, M. Mignotte, and S. Siksek proved that 8 and 144 are the only such nontrivial perfect powers.^{[38]}
No Fibonacci number greater than F_{6} = 8 is one greater or one less than a prime number.^{[39]}
Prime divisors of Fibonacci numbers
The divisibility of Fibonacci numbers by a prime p is related to the Legendre symbol $\backslash left(\backslash tfrac\{p\}\{5\}\backslash right)$ which is evaluated as follows:
 $\backslash left(\backslash frac\{p\}\{5\}\backslash right)\; =\; \backslash begin\{cases\}\; 0\; \&\; \backslash textrm\{if\}\backslash ;p\; =5\backslash \backslash \; 1\; \&\backslash textrm\{if\}\backslash ;p\; \backslash equiv\; \backslash pm1\; \backslash pmod\; 5\backslash \backslash \; 1\; \&\backslash textrm\{if\}\backslash ;p\; \backslash equiv\; \backslash pm2\; \backslash pmod\; 5.\backslash end\{cases\}$
If p is a prime number then
 $F\_p\; \backslash equiv\; \backslash left(\backslash frac\{p\}\{5\}\backslash right)\; \backslash pmod\; p\; \backslash quad\; \backslash text\{and\}\backslash quad\; F\_\{p\backslash left(\backslash frac\{p\}\{5\}\backslash right)\}\; \backslash equiv\; 0\; \backslash pmod\; p.$^{[40]}
For example,
 $\backslash begin\{align\}$
(\tfrac{2}{5}) &= 1, &F_3 &= 2, &F_2&=1, \\
(\tfrac{3}{5}) &= 1, &F_4 &= 3,&F_3&=2, \\
(\tfrac{5}{5}) &= 0, &F_5 &= 5, \\
(\tfrac{7}{5}) &= 1, &F_8 &= 21,&F_7&=13, \\
(\tfrac{11}{5})& = +1, &F_{10}& = 55, &F_{11}&=89.
\end{align}
It is not known whether there exists a prime p such that
 $F\_\{p\backslash left(\backslash frac\{p\}\{5\}\backslash right)\}\; \backslash equiv\; 0\; \backslash pmod\{p^2\}.$
Such primes (if there are any) would be called Wall–Sun–Sun primes.
Also, if p ≠ 5 is an odd prime number then:
 $5F^2\_\{\backslash frac\{p\; \backslash pm\; 1\}\{2\}\}\; \backslash equiv\; \backslash begin\{cases\}$
\tfrac{1}{2} \left (5\left(\frac{p}{5}\right)\pm 5 \right ) \pmod p & \textrm{if}\;p \equiv 1 \pmod 4\\
\tfrac{1}{2} \left (5\left(\frac{p}{5}\right)\mp 3 \right ) \pmod p & \textrm{if}\;p \equiv 3 \pmod 4.
\end{cases}
Example 1. p = 7, in this case p ≡ 3 (mod 4) and we have:
 $(\backslash tfrac\{7\}\{5\})\; =\; 1:\; \backslash qquad\; \backslash tfrac\{1\}\{2\}\backslash left\; (5(\backslash tfrac\{7\}\{5\})+3\; \backslash right\; )\; =1,\; \backslash quad\; \backslash tfrac\{1\}\{2\}\; \backslash left\; (5(\backslash tfrac\{7\}\{5\})3\; \backslash right\; )=4.$
 $F\_3=2\; \backslash text\{\; and\; \}\; F\_4=3.$
 $5F\_3^2=20\backslash equiv\; 1\; \backslash pmod\; \{7\}\backslash ;\backslash ;\backslash text\{\; and\; \}\backslash ;\backslash ;5F\_4^2=45\backslash equiv\; 4\; \backslash pmod\; \{7\}$
Example 2. p = 11, in this case p ≡ 3 (mod 4) and we have:
 $(\backslash tfrac\{11\}\{5\})\; =\; +1:\; \backslash qquad\; \backslash tfrac\{1\}\{2\}\backslash left\; (5(\backslash tfrac\{11\}\{5\})+3\; \backslash right\; )=4,\; \backslash quad\; \backslash tfrac\{1\}\{2\}\; \backslash left\; (5(\backslash tfrac\{11\}\{5\})\; 3\; \backslash right\; )=1.$
 $F\_5=5\; \backslash text\{\; and\; \}\; F\_6=8.$
 $5F\_5^2=125\backslash equiv\; 4\; \backslash pmod\; \{11\}\; \backslash ;\backslash ;\backslash text\{\; and\; \}\backslash ;\backslash ;5F\_6^2=320\backslash equiv\; 1\; \backslash pmod\; \{11\}$
Example 3. p = 13, in this case p ≡ 1 (mod 4) and we have:
 $(\backslash tfrac\{13\}\{5\})\; =\; 1:\; \backslash qquad\; \backslash tfrac\{1\}\{2\}\backslash left\; (5(\backslash tfrac\{13\}\{5\})5\; \backslash right\; )\; =5,\; \backslash quad\; \backslash tfrac\{1\}\{2\}\backslash left\; (5(\backslash tfrac\{13\}\{5\})+\; 5\; \backslash right\; )=0.$
 $F\_6=8\; \backslash text\{\; and\; \}\; F\_7=13.$
 $5F\_6^2=320\backslash equiv\; 5\; \backslash pmod\; \{13\}\; \backslash ;\backslash ;\backslash text\{\; and\; \}\backslash ;\backslash ;5F\_7^2=845\backslash equiv\; 0\; \backslash pmod\; \{13\}$
Example 4. p = 29, in this case p ≡ 1 (mod 4) and we have:
 $(\backslash tfrac\{29\}\{5\})\; =\; +1:\; \backslash qquad\; \backslash tfrac\{1\}\{2\}\backslash left\; (5(\backslash tfrac\{29\}\{5\})5\; \backslash right\; )=0,\; \backslash quad\; \backslash tfrac\{1\}\{2\}\backslash left\; (5(\backslash tfrac\{29\}\{5\})+5\; \backslash right\; )=5.$
 $F\_\{14\}=377\; \backslash text\{\; and\; \}\; F\_\{15\}=610.$
 $5F\_\{14\}^2=710645\backslash equiv\; 0\; \backslash pmod\; \{29\}\; \backslash ;\backslash ;\backslash text\{\; and\; \}\backslash ;\backslash ;5F\_\{15\}^2=1860500\backslash equiv\; 5\; \backslash pmod\; \{29\}$
For odd n, all odd prime divisors of F_{n} are congruent to 1 modulo 4, implying that all odd divisors of F_{n} (as the products of odd prime divisors) are congruent to 1 modulo 4.
For example,
 $F\_1\; =\; 1,\; F\_3\; =\; 2,\; F\_5\; =\; 5,\; F\_7\; =\; 13,\; F\_9\; =\; 34\; =\; 2\; \backslash cdot\; 17,\; F\_\{11\}\; =\; 89,\; F\_\{13\}\; =\; 233,\; F\_\{15\}\; =\; 610\; =\; 2\; \backslash cdot\; 5\; \backslash cdot\; 61.$
All known factors of Fibonacci numbers F(i) for all i < 50000 are collected at the relevant repositories.^{[43]}^{[44]}
Periodicity modulo n
Main article:
Pisano period
It may be seen that if the members of the Fibonacci sequence are taken mod n, the resulting sequence must be cycle detection.
Right triangles
Starting with 5, every second Fibonacci number is the length of the hypotenuse of a right triangle with integer sides, or in other words, the largest number in a Pythagorean triple. The length of the longer leg of this triangle is equal to the sum of the three sides of the preceding triangle in this series of triangles, and the shorter leg is equal to the difference between the preceding bypassed Fibonacci number and the shorter leg of the preceding triangle.
The first triangle in this series has sides of length 5, 4, and 3. Skipping 8, the next triangle has sides of length 13, 12 (5 + 4 + 3), and 5 (8 − 3). Skipping 21, the next triangle has sides of length 34, 30 (13 + 12 + 5), and 16 (21 − 5). This series continues indefinitely. The triangle sides a, b, c can be calculated directly:
 $\backslash displaystyle\; a\_n\; =\; F\_\{2n1\}$
 $\backslash displaystyle\; b\_n\; =\; 2\; F\_n\; F\_\{n1\}$
 $\backslash displaystyle\; c\_n\; =\; F\_n^2\; \; F\_\{n1\}^2.$
These formulas satisfy $a\_n\; ^2\; =\; b\_n\; ^2\; +\; c\_n\; ^2$ for all n, but they only represent triangle sides when n > 2.
Any four consecutive Fibonacci numbers F_{n}, F_{n+1}, F_{n+2} and F_{n+3} can also be used to generate a Pythagorean triple in a different way:^{[45]}
 $a\; =\; F\_n\; F\_\{n+3\}\; \backslash ,;\; \backslash ,\; b\; =\; 2\; F\_\{n+1\}\; F\_\{n+2\}\; \backslash ,;\; \backslash ,\; c\; =\; F\_\{n+1\}^2\; +\; F\_\{n+2\}^2\; \backslash ,;\; \backslash ,\; a^2\; +\; b^2\; =\; c^2\; \backslash ,.$
Example 1: let the Fibonacci numbers be 1, 2, 3 and 5. Then:
 $\backslash displaystyle\; a\; =\; 1\; \backslash times\; 5\; =\; 5$
 $\backslash displaystyle\; b\; =\; 2\; \backslash times\; 2\; \backslash times\; 3\; =\; 12$
 $\backslash displaystyle\; c\; =\; 2^2\; +\; 3^2\; =\; 13\; \backslash ,$
 $\backslash displaystyle\; 5^2\; +\; 12^2\; =\; 13^2\; \backslash ,.$
Magnitude
Since F_{n} is asymptotic to $\backslash varphi^n/\backslash sqrt5$, the number of digits in F_{n} is asymptotic to $n\backslash ,\backslash log\_\{10\}\backslash varphi\backslash approx0.2090\backslash ,n$. As a consequence, for every integer d > 1 there are either 4 or 5 Fibonacci numbers with d decimal digits.
More generally, in the base b representation, the number of digits in F_{n} is asymptotic to $n\backslash ,\backslash log\_b\backslash varphi$.
Applications
The Fibonacci numbers are important in the computational runtime analysis of Euclid's algorithm to determine the greatest common divisor of two integers: the worst case input for this algorithm is a pair of consecutive Fibonacci numbers.^{[46]}
Yuri Matiyasevich was able to show that the Fibonacci numbers can be defined by a Diophantine equation, which led to his original solution of Hilbert's tenth problem.
The Fibonacci numbers are also an example of a complete sequence. This means that every positive integer can be written as a sum of Fibonacci numbers, where any one number is used once at most.
Moreover, every positive integer can be written in a unique way as the sum of one or more distinct Fibonacci numbers in such a way that the sum does not include any two consecutive Fibonacci numbers. This is known as Zeckendorf's theorem, and a sum of Fibonacci numbers that satisfies these conditions is called a Zeckendorf representation. The Zeckendorf representation of a number can be used to derive its Fibonacci coding.
Fibonacci numbers are used by some pseudorandom number generators.
Fibonacci numbers are used in a polyphase version of the merge sort algorithm in which an unsorted list is divided into two lists whose lengths correspond to sequential Fibonacci numbers – by dividing the list so that the two parts have lengths in the approximate proportion φ. A tapedrive implementation of the polyphase merge sort was described in The Art of Computer Programming.
Fibonacci numbers arise in the analysis of the Fibonacci heap data structure.
The Fibonacci cube is an undirected graph with a Fibonacci number of nodes that has been proposed as a network topology for parallel computing.
A onedimensional optimization method, called the Fibonacci search technique, uses Fibonacci numbers.^{[47]}
The Fibonacci number series is used for optional lossy compression in the IFF 8SVX audio file format used on Amiga computers. The number series compands the original audio wave similar to logarithmic methods such as µlaw.^{[48]}^{[49]}
Since the conversion factor 1.609344 for miles to kilometers is close to the golden ratio (denoted φ), the decomposition of distance in miles into a sum of Fibonacci numbers becomes nearly the kilometer sum when the Fibonacci numbers are replaced by their successors. This method amounts to a radix 2 number register in golden ratio base φ being shifted. To convert from kilometers to miles, shift the register down the Fibonacci sequence instead.^{[50]}
In nature
Further information:
Patterns in nature and
Phyllotaxis
Fibonacci sequences appear in biological settings,^{[8]} in two consecutive Fibonacci numbers, such as branching in trees, arrangement of leaves on a stem, the fruitlets of a pineapple,^{[9]} the flowering of artichoke, an uncurling fern and the arrangement of a pine cone^{[10]}, and the family tree of honeybees.^{[51]} However, numerous poorly substantiated claims of Fibonacci numbers or golden sections in nature are found in popular sources, e.g., relating to the breeding of rabbits in Fibonacci's own unrealistic example, the seeds on a sunflower, the spirals of shells, and the curve of waves.^{[52]}
Przemysław Prusinkiewicz advanced the idea that real instances can in part be understood as the expression of certain algebraic constraints on free groups, specifically as certain Lindenmayer grammars.^{[53]}
A model for the pattern of florets in the head of a sunflower was proposed by H. Vogel in 1979.^{[54]} This has the form
 $\backslash theta\; =\; \backslash frac\{2\backslash pi\}\{\backslash phi^2\}\; n,\backslash \; r\; =\; c\; \backslash sqrt\{n\}$
where n is the index number of the floret and c is a constant scaling factor; the florets thus lie on Fermat's spiral. The divergence angle, approximately 137.51°, is the golden angle, dividing the circle in the golden ratio. Because this ratio is irrational, no floret has a neighbor at exactly the same angle from the center, so the florets pack efficiently. Because the rational approximations to the golden ratio are of the form F(j):F(j + 1), the nearest neighbors of floret number n are those at n ± F(j) for some index j, which depends on r, the distance from the center. It is often said that sunflowers and similar arrangements have 55 spirals in one direction and 89 in the other (or some other pair of adjacent Fibonacci numbers), but this is true only of one range of radii, typically the outermost and thus most conspicuous.^{[55]}
The bee ancestry code
Fibonacci numbers also appear in the description of the reproduction of a population of idealized honeybees, according to the following rules:
 If an egg is laid by an unmated female, it hatches a male or drone bee.
 If, however, an egg was fertilized by a male, it hatches a female.
Thus, a male bee always has one parent, and a female bee has two.
If one traces the ancestry of any male bee (1 bee), he has 1 parent (1 bee), 2 grandparents, 3 greatgrandparents, 5 greatgreatgrandparents, and so on. This sequence of numbers of parents is the Fibonacci sequence. The number of ancestors at each level, F_{n}, is the number of female ancestors, which is F_{n−1}, plus the number of male ancestors, which is F_{n−2}.^{[56]} This is under the unrealistic assumption that the ancestors at each level are otherwise unrelated.
Popular culture
Generalizations
The Fibonacci sequence has been generalized in many ways. These include:
 Generalizing the index to negative integers to produce the negafibonacci numbers.
 Generalizing the index to real numbers using a modification of Binet's formula.^{[28]}
 Starting with other integers. Lucas numbers have L_{1} = 1, L_{2} = 3, and L_{n} = L_{n−1} + L_{n−2}. Primefree sequences use the Fibonacci recursion with other starting points to generate sequences in which all numbers are composite.
 Letting a number be a linear function (other than the sum) of the 2 preceding numbers. The Pell numbers have P_{n} = 2P_{n − 1} + P_{n − 2}.
 Not adding the immediately preceding numbers. The Padovan sequence and Perrin numbers have P(n) = P(n − 2) + P(n − 3).
 Generating the next number by adding 3 numbers (tribonacci numbers), 4 numbers (tetranacci numbers), or more. The resulting sequences are known as nStep Fibonacci numbers.^{[57]}
 Adding other objects than integers, for example functions or strings – one essential example is Fibonacci polynomials.
See also
Notes
References
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 Periods of Fibonacci Sequences Mod m at MathPages
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