Back in the 12th century, there was an Italian mathematician called Leonardo Bonacci, also known as Fibonacci, whose inventions have been boggling the scientific world, and us, ‘ordinary humans’, to this day. This young prodigy is the creator of the Fibonacci number; a numerical pattern that starts with 0 and 1 or 1 and 1 where each subsequent number is the sum of the previous two. Please research a bit about the Fibonacci number because there is much more to it than meets the eye. Anyway, this ingenious numerical sequence was inspiration for probably one of the nerdiest clocks we have ever seen – The Fibonacci Clock.
In order to tell time on the Fibonacci Clock you will have to fire up your brain cells a bit more than usual because this clock is certainly not for mentally inert people. Its creator Philippe Chrétien, who is based in Montréal, says that the clock “has been designed for curious and inventive people who like a timepiece that keeps them on their toes.”
Instead of us trying to properly explain how the clock actually works (and sweating profusely in the process), we’ll let Philippe do that for us. Here it goes! “The screen of the clock is made up of five squares whose side lengths match the first five Fibonacci numbers: 1, 1, 2, 3 and 5. The hours are displayed using red and the minutes using green. When a square is used to display both the hours and minutes it turns blue. White squares are ignored. To tell time on the Fibonacci clock you need to do some math. To read the hour, simply add up the corresponding values of the red and blue squares. To read the minutes, do the same with the green and blue squares. The minutes are displayed in 5 minute increments (0 to 12) so you have to multiply your result by 5 to get the actual number.”
Got it? Yes? Phew! Now, we are just going to add that the media have been raving about this clock calling it one of the nerdiest, most stylish, coolest timepieces ever. Also, the Fibonacci Clock doubles as a lava lamp. Just press the mode button on the back of the clock and there you have it. If you are in awe of this clock, you can help Philippe to start mass producing it by going to the project’s Kickstarter page. The fact that he has already raised over $125,000 (the goal being only $5,000) with still 22 days to go should tell you how fascinated people are with this fantastic clock.