Author's Note - Fibonacci's Daughter
With Fibonacci's Daughter the challenge was to capture the Fibonacci precepts--elements of predictability in natural forms--in a narrative. His mathematical sequence of numbers and golden sector were sources for narrative shape, structural organization, and design motif. I wanted the story to have a sense of spiraling both in and out at the same time--disappearing at the center and diffusing at the margins. The structure is based on the Fibonacci golden mean; the spatial access is through a shopping mall that is a golden square. Backgrounds, images, and motifs are drawn from Fibonacci's work. The story has, as well, a shadow of Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story, "Rappacini's Daughter," in a certain altered perception of pattern. Borges lurks. The piece was created in Microsoft Front Page Editor 3, Dreamweaver 2, and with a healthy dose of naked html to get the two browsers to agree. While I was searching for Fibonacci information on the web, I came across the wonderful digital spirals of artist and mathematician, Ned May. He graciously allowed me to use his images in new, kinetic ways.