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Winks 8 – Trivia


“Not a lot of people know this…”

one of my favorite Sir Michael Caine phrases.


This is a bit of a catch-all for other interesting stuff that made its way deliberately into the novel.

Wosret’s Weapon

Look at the image alongside. The object that the deity is holding frequently appears in many of the carvings and pictorial representation of the deities of ancient Egypt. Granted, it could just be a staff. But, in the creative labyrinth of an author’s mind, it could be something else. Incidentally, as I was writing this, I realized that I’m not the first to have suggested this – check out the lances used in the original Stargate® series.


Fibonacci series

Leonardo Fibonacci, also known as Leonardo of Pisa (1170 –1240) was an Italian mathematician who made substantial contributions to the mathematical knowledge of classical Europe by introducing his findings from both Indian and Arabic cultures. He learned the basics of business calculation in Pisa, where he was born, and went on to study in Algeria where he picked up both Indian numerals and Arabic calculus. Although he published numerous works on number theory, business math, surveying and advanced algebra, he is universally known today for his famous Fibonacci series.

The series is not, as is commonly thought, a string of numbers but rather a relationship between numerical terms where the next number in the series is the sum of the preceding two.

E.g.:  Fn = Fn-1 + Fn-2  

which when n=1 results in the integer series 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, …


So rather than talking about THE Fibonacci series, more correctly you should refer to a string of numbers showing this relationship as A Fibonacci series.

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