By Keith Devlin
A compelling firsthand account of Keith Devlin's ten-year quest to inform Fibonacci's story
In 2000, Keith Devlin got down to learn the lifestyles and legacy of the medieval mathematician Leonardo of Pisa, popularly referred to as Fibonacci, whose publication Liber abbaci has really actually affected the lives of every body alive this day. even if he's most famed for the Fibonacci numbers—which, it so occurs, he did not invent—Fibonacci's maximum contribution was once as an expositor of mathematical rules at a degree traditional humans might comprehend. In 1202, Liber abbaci—the "Book of Calculation"—introduced smooth mathematics to the Western global. but Fibonacci was once lengthy forgotten after his loss of life, and it used to be no longer until eventually the Nineteen Sixties that his real achievements have been ultimately recognized.
Finding Fibonacci is Devlin's compelling firsthand account of his ten-year quest to inform Fibonacci's tale. Devlin, a math expositor himself, saved a diary of the venture, which he attracts on the following to explain the project's highs and lows, its fake begins and disappointments, the tragedies and unforeseen turns, a few hilarious episodes, and the occasional fortunate breaks. additionally, you will meet the original members Devlin encountered alongside the way in which, those that, each one for his or her personal purposes, grew to become occupied with Fibonacci, from the Yale professor who traced glossy finance again to Fibonacci to the Italian historian who made the an important archival discovery that introduced jointly all of the threads of Fibonacci's fantastic story.
Fibonacci helped to restore the West because the cradle of technological know-how, know-how, and trade, but he vanished from the pages of heritage. this is often Devlin's seek to discover him.