Mathematician:Luca Bartolomeo de Pacioli

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Italian mathematician and Franciscan friar who was a pioneer in the field of accounting.

Sometimes referred to as "The Father of Accounting and Bookkeeping".

The first person to publish a work on the double-entry system of book-keeping.

Collaborator with Leonardo da Vinci.




  • Born: 1445 or 1447 in Borgo Sansepolcro, Italy
  • Died: 1517 in Sansepolcro, Italy


  • 1477 -- 1480: Tractatus mathematicus ad discipulos perusinos
  • 1494: Summa de arithmetica, geometria. Proportioni et proportionalita
  • 1496 -- 1508: De viribus quantitatis
  • 1509: Geometry, a Latin translation of Euclid's The Elements
  • 1509: De Divina Proportione (includes art by Leonardo da Vinci)
  • De ludo scacchorum (On the Game of Chess) (unpublished)

Also known as

His name is usually seen with the honorific Fra Luca Pacioli.

Sometimes it is seen spelt Paccioli or Paciolo

He was also called Luca di Borgo after his birthplace, Borgo Sansepolcro in Tuscany.

Notable Quotes

For the sake of salvation, the list must end (here).
De Divina Proportione (1509): as $13$ was the number present at the Last Supper.