Mathematician:Leonardo Fibonacci

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Mathematician

Italian mathematician.

One of the most important figures in the history of the development of mathematics.

Wrote the highly influential and important Liber Abaci in which he discussed the Hindu-Arabic number system and its practical applications.

Most famous for the Fibonacci numbers. The number sequence itself was known to Indian mathematicians as early as the 6th century, but it was Fibonacci's Liber Abaci which made them well-known throughout Europe.


Nationality

Italian


History

  • Born: c. 1170
  • Died: c. 1250


Theorems and Definitions


Concepts derived from Fibonacci numbers

Results named for Leonardo Fibonacci can be found here.

Definitions of concepts named for Leonardo Fibonacci can be found here.


Publications


Also known as

Leonardo Fibonacci also known as Leonardo of Pisa, Leonardo Pisano, Leonardo Bonacci or usually just Fibonacci.

The name Fibonacci comes (posthumously) from filius Bonacci, that is: son of Bonacci (his father was nicknamed Bonacci, meaning good-natured or simpleton). These were the days before official surnames.

An ironic soubriquet.


Linguistic Note

Fibonacci is an Italian surname whose pronunciation is something like Fib-bo-nat-chi, or Fib-bo-nar-chi, according to taste.

Avoid pronouncing it Fie-bo-nac-ky.


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