Leonardo Fibonacci

Born on 1170

Died on 1250


(c 1170 – c 1240–50), also known as Leonardo BonacciLeonardo of Pisa, or Leonardo Bigollo Pisano (“Leonardo the Traveller from Pisa”), was an Italian mathematician from the Republic of Pisa, considered to be “the most talented Western mathematician of the Middle Ages”.

The name he is commonly called, Fibonacci, was made up in 1838 by the Franco-Italian historian Guillaume Libri and is short for filius Bonacci (“son of Bonacci”). However, even earlier in 1506 a notary of the Roman Empire Perizolo mentions Leonardo as “Lionardo Fibonacci”.

Fibonacci popularized the Hindu–Arabic numeral system in the Western World primarily through his composition in 1202 of Liber Abaci (Book of Calculation). He also introduced Europe to the sequence of Fibonacci numbers, which he used as an example in Liber Abaci.



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