Cassini and Catalan identities

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Cassini's identity and Catalan's identity are mathematical identities for the Fibonacci numbers. The former is a special case of the latter, and states that for the nth Fibonacci number,

Catalan's identity generalizes this:

Vajda's identity generalizes this:


Cassini's formula was discovered in 1680 by Jean-Dominique Cassini, then director of the Paris Observatory, and independently proven by Robert Simson (1753). Eugène Charles Catalan found the identity named after him in 1879.

Proof by matrix theory

A quick proof of Cassini's identity may be given (Knuth 1997, p. 81) by recognising the left side of the equation as a determinant of a 2×2 matrix of Fibonacci numbers. The result is almost immediate when the matrix is seen to be the nth power of a matrix with determinant −1:


External links

  • "Proof of Cassini's identity". PlanetMath. 
  • "Proof of Catalan's Identity". PlanetMath. 
  • Cassini formula for Fibonacci numbers
  • Fibonacci and Phi Formulae
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