Category Archives: computation

Golden numbers are Fibonacci

This post is fourth in a series, proving the curious fact that is a Fibonacci number if and only if one (or both) of or is a perfect square; we call numbers of this form golden numbers. Last time, I … Continue reading

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Fibonacci numbers are golden

Recall that a “golden number” (this is not standard terminology) is a number such that one (or both) of or is a perfect square. In this post, I’ll explain Gessel’s proof that every Fibonacci number is golden. First, we need … Continue reading

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Testing Fibonacci numbers: the proofs

In my last post I stated this surprising theorem: is a Fibonacci number if and only if one of is a perfect square. If one of is a perfect square, then let’s say that is a “golden number” (a nod, … Continue reading

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Testing Fibonacci numbers

From a recent post on Brian Hayes’ blog, bit-player, I learned the following curious fact: is a Fibonacci number if and only if either or is a perfect square. Recall that the Fibonacci numbers begin where each number is the … Continue reading

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M74207281 is prime!

I’m a bit late to the party, but the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search has recently announced a newly verified prime number, , with a whopping 22,338,618 decimal digits! This is now the largest known prime number (though of course … Continue reading

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MaBloWriMo 16: Recap and outline

We have now established all the facts we will need about groups, and have incidentally just passed the halfway point of MaBloWriMo. This feels like a good time to take a step back and outline what we’ve done so far … Continue reading

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MaBloWriMo 6: The Proof Begins

Today we’re going to start in on proving the Lucas-Lehmer test. Yesterday we saw how, given a Mersenne number , we can define a sequence of integers , with the claim that if and only if is prime. We’re going … Continue reading

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