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In 2001, Stanford mathematician Keith Devlin set out to research the life and legacy
of the 13th-century mathematician Leonardo of Pisa, popularly known as Fibonacci.
Leonardo introduced the Hindu-Arabic numeral system and arithmetic to the Western
world and thereby helped start a global, social, and economic revolution. Devlin recounted
Leonardo’s story in his 2011 book The Man of Numbers: Fibonacci’s Arithmetic Revolution.
In a simultaneously published companion ebook, Leonardo and Steve: The Young Genius
Who Beat Apple to Market by 800 Years, Devlin drew remarkable parallels between
the careers of Leonardo and Apple’s Steve Jobs. In this talk, he will share excerpts
from his latest book, Finding Fibonacci, which features stories from three
other contemporary scholars as well as Devlin’s firsthand account of his experiences
in uncovering the story of the long-forgotten medieval mathematician who did so much
to create the world we live in.
Keith Devlin, Co-Founder, Executive Director, and Senior Researcher, H-STAR Institute, Stanford
Keith Devlin is the author of thirty-three books, several for the general reader. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, and “The Math Guy” on National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition. He writes a monthly online column, “Devlin’s Angle,” for the Mathematical Association of America and is a regular commentator for The Huffington Post. He is also a co-founder of an educational technology company, BrainQuake, creating mobile video games for learning mathematics in middle school and beyond. He received a PhD from the University of Bristol.