The legend goes something like this:
Gauss’s teacher wanted to occupy his students by making them add large sets of numbers and told everyone in class to find the sum of 1+2+3+ …. + 100.
And Gauss, who was a young child (age ~ 10) quickly found the sum by just pairing up numbers:
Using this ingenious method used by Gauss allows us to write a generic formula for the sum of first n positive integers as follows:
What ?!! There exists such an elegant decimal representation of the Fibonacci sequence? Well yes! and the only thing that you need to know to prove this is that if the Fibonacci numbers were the coefficients to a power series expansion, then the
Fibonacci generating function is given as follows:
Subsituting the value of
, we get :
So, I read this post on the the
area of the sine curve some time ago and in the bottom was this equally amazing comment :
Diameter of the circle/ The distance covered along the x axis starting from and ending up at .
And therefore by the same logic, it is extremely intuitive to see why:
Because if a dude starts at
and ends at , the effective distance that he covers is 0.
If you still have trouble understanding, follow the blue point in the above gif and hopefully things become clearer.