Posted by Fred on January 20, 2005
In today's New York Times M. Dowd claims that Condoleeza Rice does not appreciate the Fibonacci sequence. She says 'When you invade a country, you should expect an insurgency. Or, as Fibonacci might have calculated it, if you kill one jihadist, two more arrive to take his place; if you kill three, five more pop up; if you get five, eight more appear; and so on.'
But does Dowd appreciate the sequence? Shouldn't 'If you get five, eight more appear' be replaced with 'If you get eight, thirteen more appear; if you get twenty one ....'?