Today is Fibonacci day!

Leonardo of Pisa, better known as Fibonacci, is responsible for the Fibonacci Sequence (or Fibonacci numbers) – a pattern of counting where each number is the sum of the previous two. As well as being prevalent in nature, this kind of system is used widely in computer data storage and processing.

The story began in Pisa, Italy in the year 1202. Leonardo Pisano Bigollo was a young man in his twenties, a member of an important trading family of Pisa. In his travels throughout the Middle East, he was captivated by the mathematical ideas that had come west from India through the Arabic countries. When he returned to Pisa he published these ideas in a book on mathematics called Liber Abaci, which became a landmark in Europe. Leonardo, who has since come to be known as Fibonacci, became the most celebrated mathematician of the Middle Ages. His book was a discourse on mathematical methods in commerce, but is now remembered mainly for two contributions, one obviously important at the time and one seemingly insignificant.

The important one: he brought to the attention of Europe the Hindu system for writing numbers. European tradesmen and scholars were still clinging to the use of the old Roman numerals; modern mathematics would have been impossible without this change to the Hindu system, which we call now Arabic notation, since it came west through Arabic lands.

The other: hidden away in a list of brain-teasers , Fibonacci posed the following question:

If a pair of rabbits is placed in an enclosed area, how many rabbits will be born there if we assume that every month a pair of rabbits produces another pair, and that rabbits begin to bear young two months after their birth?

This apparently innocent little question has as an answer a certain sequence of numbers, known now as the Fibonacci sequence, which has turned out to be one of the most interesting ever written down. It has been rediscovered in an astonishing variety of forms, in branches of mathematics way beyond simple arithmetic. Its method of development has led to far-reaching applications in mathematics and computer science.

But even more fascinating is the surprising appearance of Fibonacci numbers, and their relative ratios, in arenas far removed from the logical structure of mathematics: in Nature and in Art, in classical theories of beauty and proportion.

For keen mathematicians… The Fibonacci spyral is a real treat!





Art : The Town of Thoughts by  Marijia Tiurina

This is a piece of art I love, it describes someone’s thoughts and ways of thinking. At this moment I can totally  identify myself to this picture because of IB. In a specific subject called Tok (theory of knowledge), we need to think and over-think questioning our way of thinking and its influence. It is just crazy, and it demands so much of energy… however I find it so interesting. It is one of the subjects which gathered various types of knowledge and allows us to see different perspectives on any subject… Thus see the world through different lenses.

New movie

I have just finished watching a movie that completely occupied my mind. Unconventional, imaginative, nothing if not audacious, Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life is a portrait of creativity from the inside, a serious yet playful attempt to find an artistic way to tell an emotional truth.


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Let’s celebrate!

Congratulations2Today it is a special day in Villa Ecureuil! We received two very good news…!!

First of all, Yulia had a university interview this morning in Geneva and it was successful! Her art career is just beginning to flower!! (we will maintain the suspence here by not disclosing the name of the university… but you can ask her directly!!)

Then we were informed that Alisa and Elena were awarded a scholarship by the Meritas family of schools in order to participate to the Meritas Seminar at Balliol College, Oxford University, titled “Meeting the Challenges of Democracy”, which will take place next August!!

We are all soooo proud of our girls! Let’s celebrate!



My Awesome Holidays! ;)

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The 2014 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXII Olympic Winter Games were a major international multi-sport event  held in Sochi, Russia, in the tradition of the Winter Olympic Games.   I was lucky enough to be born in this beautiful city and to go the closing ceremony of the XXII Olympic Winter Games, Sochi 2014. This evening’s […]

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I wanted to share some informations about photography. For some people photography it’s just about taking randoms shoots of everything, but actually photography is an Art and we need to remember it! It’s to capture an instant which you will never be able to go back to. It’s a kind of unique image, we cannot take the same photograph twice . It’s something so interesting, you can change the perception of the world with just a picture. It can transmit feelings and emotions just by the way you take it. So now think about it before taking or deleting any pictures ! It’s unique and you can’t replace it!

Thinking Big

During the half-term break I visited an Art exhibition called Thinking Big in London. Thinking Big is a special auction of major contemporary installations and sculpture. The exhibition was truly inspiring; I saw some artworks that were so intriguing and different from what I usually see.

The picture below is one of the works that interested me the most. It shows a large installation of 264 figures sitting. The figures are made of aluminium. But they are empty inside. I got a feeling of emptiness and sadness from the work. It’s like those people were so sad that they became empty inside.

If anyone is going to London anytime soon I suggest they should visit this exhibition.