• The Man of Numbers

  • Fibonacci's Arithmetic Revolution
  • By: Keith Devlin
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-03-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios for Bloomsbury
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (2 ratings)

Summary

In 1202, a 32-year-old Italian finished one of the most influential books of all time, which introduced modern arithmetic to Western Europe. Devised in India in the 7th and 8th centuries and brought to North Africa by Muslim traders, the Hindu-Arabic system helped transform the West into the dominant force in science, technology, and commerce, leaving behind Muslim cultures which had long known it but had failed to see its potential.
The young Italian, Leonardo of Pisa (better known today as Fibonacci), had learned the Hindu number system when he traveled to North Africa with his father, a customs agent. The book he created was Liber abbaci, the "Book of Calculation", and the revolution that followed its publication was enormous. Arithmetic made it possible for ordinary people to buy and sell goods, convert currencies, and keep accurate records of possessions more readily than ever before. Liber abbaci's publication led directly to large-scale international commerce and the scientific revolution of the Renaissance.
Yet despite the ubiquity of his discoveries, Leonardo of Pisa remains an enigma. His name is best known today in association with an exercise in Liber abbaci whose solution gives rise to a sequence of numbers - the Fibonacci sequence - used by some to predict the rise and fall of financial markets, and evident in myriad biological structures.
One of the great math popularizers of our time, Keith Devlin recreates the life and enduring legacy of an overlooked genius, and in the process makes clear how central numbers and mathematics are to our daily lives.
©2011 Keith Devlin (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By massimiliano balsamo on 19-08-17

nice

love story backed up with facts investigating and critique to historians. worth listening to it if you wonder how the info arabica numbers come to transform the word

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4 out of 5 stars
By Adriano on 06-05-15

Insightful

Good because tells an interesting story which is not known.
The references to old book version are boring. Overall interesting!

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2 out of 5 stars
By Christopher Smith, Esq. on 25-12-15

not good for understanding his arithmetic

only good if you want history of the man and his manuscripts. no useful math information in the book.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Bleep on 26-07-18

No discussion of math Monotonous delivery

I was hoping to find out about the Fibonacci series and it’s applications instead I listened and listened to listen only to learn about irrelevant minutiae. Bland. Boring.. Doesn’t speak about what relationship there may be between the Fibonacci series and auto tune.

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