# Rabbit Problem/Historical Note

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## Historical Note on The Rabbit Problem

The Rabbit Problem was devised by Leonardo Fibonacci and presented in his *Liber Abaci* of $1202$.

It is perhaps necessary to point out that this question is not to be considered as a practical application of mathematics to the science of zoology.

As Fibonacci himself wrote:

*It is possible to do [the addition] in this order for an infinite number of months.*

Neither is it to be confused with the ongoing endemic ecological problem of rabbits in Australia.

## Sources

- 1997: Donald E. Knuth:
*The Art of Computer Programming: Volume 1: Fundamental Algorithms*(3rd ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): $\S 1.2.8$: Fibonacci Numbers