The Man of Numbers

The Man of Numbers

Fibonacci's Arithmetic Revolution

Book - 2011 | First U.S. edition.
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In 1202, a 32-year old Italian finished one of the most influential books of all time, which introduced modern arithmetic to Western Europe. Devised in India in the 7th and 8th centuries and brought to North Africa by Muslim traders, the Hindu-Arabic system helped transform the West into the dominant force in science, technology, and commerce, leaving behind Muslim cultures which had long known it but had failed to see its potential.
The young Italian, Leonardo of Pisa (better known today as Fibonacci), had learned the Hindu number system when he traveled to North Africa with his father, a customs agent. The book he created was Liber abbaci , the "Book of Calculation," and the revolution that followed its publication was enormous. Arithmetic made it possible for ordinary people to buy and sell goods, convert currencies, and keep accurate records of possessions more readily than ever before. Liber abbaci 's publication led directly to large-scale international commerce and the scientific revolution of the Renaissance.
Yet despite the ubiquity of his discoveries, Leonardo of Pisa remains an enigma. His name is best known today in association with an exercise in Liber abbaci whose solution gives rise to a sequence of numbers--the Fibonacci sequence--used by some to predict the rise and fall of financial markets, and evident in myriad biological structures.
One of the great math popularizers of our time, Keith Devlin recreates the life and enduring legacy of an overlooked genius, and in the process makes clear how central numbers and mathematics are to our daily lives.

Publisher: New York : Walker & Co., 2011.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780802778123
Branch Call Number: 512.72092 FIB DEV
Characteristics: viii, 183 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations (some color) ;,22 cm


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Mar 25, 2015

The clear discussions of the historiographical matters made the situating the man and his work in its historical context enjoyable to read.

Dec 11, 2013

I thought this book was really interesting and motivating, it gives a good example that everything takes time and hard work; but in the end you can relax and be proud of what you completed.

"The job is done, I think; For Christ's sake give me a drink" (pg. 124)

Oct 21, 2012

Serious book about how modern arithmetic started during the middle ages in western civilization, leading up to a financial and scientific revolution.

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