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Dr Keith Devlin
Finding Fibonacci


Sydney Ideas co-presented with the School of Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Science 

In 2001, Stanford mathematician Dr Keith Devlin, set out to research the life and legacy of the thirteenth 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 a 2011 book titled The Man of Numbers: Fibonacci’s Arithmetic Revolution. In a simultaneously published companion e-book, Leonardo and Steve: The Young Genius Who Beat Apple to Market by 800 Years, he drew remarkable parallels between the careers of Leonardo and Apple’s Steve Jobs.

His new book, Finding Fibonacci: The Quest to Rediscover the Forgotten Mathematical Genius Who Changed the World is a first-hand account of his experiences in uncovering the story, reconstructed from his project diary and notes, together with stories of three other contemporary scholars who were also motivated to find out about the long-forgotten medieval mathematician who did so much create the world we live in.

Dr Keith Devlin is a mathematician at Stanford University in the USA, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society. He has written 33 books and over 80 published research articles. Honours include the Pythagoras Prize, the Peano Prize and the Carl Sagan Award. He is 'the Math Guy' on National Public Radio.

(Image: FibonacciSusan ‘Fibonacci Circle Curve Red’)
Tuesday 3 October
6 to 7.30pm

General Lecture Theatre
The Quadrangle
The University of Sydney
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