Math: the finals frontier. These are the voyages of the mathship Rarefied. Its lifelong mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and old civilizations, to boldly go where only the brave dare to go.

Stay tuned!

To celebrate the commissioning of this mathship, I am

**giving away a set of potholders**with my favorite sequence of numbers embedded in the pattern: 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21 34 55 89 144 233 etc. etc. etc.

Why do I like this set of numbers?

When you take two numbers in a row and divide the larger by the smaller, a marvelous thing happens. They begin to converge to the same value. Let me show you in my spreadsheet. It looks like I spent hours making these calculations. I spent five minutes on it, thanks to technology! Well, maybe ten to format.

1.6180339887498948482045868343656381177203091798057628621354486...

The decimal goes on and on infinitely. There is no pattern in the digits. They vary randomly. You can calculate it to a hundred, thousand places and still not see the end, never see a repetition in sequence.

How do you qualify to win the potholders? Write a comment or share a link to your blogpost in the comment section of this pot. I ask one simple question. What do you like about math?

The deadline for your entry into the potholder prize is 312359ZJAN14, or January 31, 2014, at 11:59 p.m., Greenwich Mean Time.