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By Keith Devlin

Leonardo of Pisa-better recognized at the present time as Fibonacci-was the 1st Westerner to acknowledge the facility of the Hindu-Arabic quantity procedure (featuring the numerals zero via 9), which provided a far less complicated approach to calculation than the finger reckoning and bulky Roman numerals used on the time. His booklet Liberabbaci (The e-book of Calculation) remade the West because the dominant strength in technology, know-how, and large-scale foreign trade. Leonardo of Pisa is healthier recognized this present day for locating the Fibonacci series of numbers showing in organic constructions all through nature, yet regardless of the ubiquity of his discoveries, he has principally slipped from the pages of heritage. Keith Devlin re-creates the existence and enduring legacy of this amazing but neglected mathematician.

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