Leonardo Fibonacci : The Life Of Leonardo Pisano

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Have you ever noticed the patterns in nature? Leaves alternating on a branch, or the stripes or spots on an animal? Scientists always look at our world and try to figure out how things come to be. Turns out, a 12th century mathematician taught scientists about the patterns in nature, while also making history with his numerical theories.
Leonardo da Pisa, or Leonardo Pisano, was born around 1170 in Pisa, Italy. His original name was Leonardo Fibonacci, but since famous Italian people were normally named based on where they’re from, he is referred to as Leonardo da Pisa, which means “from Pisa”. This was later changed by historians to the Latin version, Pisano. Leonardo sometimes called himself, in his writing anyway, Leonardo Bigollo, which means “traveller” in Tuscany. He felt Bigollo was a more personal name, one he could choose for himself. He never used the name “Fibonacci” for himself. It was likely made up in 1838, long after he died, by Guillaume Libre. “Fibonacci” is a shortened term for “filius Bonacci”, which literally translates to “son of Bonaccio” (Knott, “Who was Fibonacci?”).
Pisano’s father, Guglielmo Bonaccio, was a successful merchant. He was appointed consul for a community of Pisan merchants in a North African port. Pisano’s mother, Alessandra, died when he was 9, so he had no choice but to follow his father to Africa. There, his father sent Pisano to study with an Arab master nearby. He met with many merchants, learning how they completed arithmetic. He

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