

Billie
Ruth Sudduth with her first basket.

Math
in a Basket
Billie Ruth did not study math in college. She avoided it. But once
she started making baskets she began to see how important math is. Now
she loves math. She uses math with every basket she makes. Billie Ruth
has even written a book called Math in a Basket for middle school
students. Teachers use this book to help sixth and seventh graders improve
their math skills by making baskets.







Leonardo
Pisano Fibonacci
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Billie
Ruth is influenced by the work of a man named Fibonacci who was born in
Italy in 1170. Fibonacci discovered a series of numbers that seem to be
the basic building blocks of nature. He saw similar patterns in the shapes
of acorns, sea shells, elephant’s tusks and many plants and animals.
This pattern could be represented in a series of numbers. These numbers
are now called Fibonacci numbers. Billie Ruth uses this special series
of numbers in every basket she makes. Fibonacci numbers help Billie Ruth
decide the size, shape and design of her baskets.







