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In 1170, a brilliant mathematician named Leonardo
Bonacci was born. Most knew him as Fibonacci however, because a French historian
changed his name to a shortened version meaning Filius Bonacci in Latin. Another
name given to Fibonacci was Leonardo Pisano, because he was born in Pisa,
Italy. He was born to a wealthy Italian merchant named Guglielmo Bonacci who
was known as the consul of Pisa or possibly an equivalence to a customs
official.  A city that is known for the
infamous leaning tower monument, Pisa also served to be a retail city because
of the easy access ports that connect into the Mediterranean Sea.  In Leonardo’s earlier years, he traveled to
North Africa where he received his education. From here, he traveled further
and made it all around the Mediterranean learning much more. By him traveling during
this time period, he was exposed to many different cultures.  In the time period he lived in, the land was
controlled by many different empires. There was the Holy Roman Empire, which he
came from, but by traveling the Mediterranean and North Africa, he was exposed
to land under Norman control, the Byzantine Empire, and also Muslim land. With
all of the fighting over land and the selection of religion, there were a lot
of different cultures and ethnicities that he was exposed to. It is in these
travels that Fibonacci was given the opportunity to learn many new things.

One of the most important things that came from
Fibonacci was a numerical pattern that could be used to answer the first
algebra equation. This was known as The Fibonacci Sequence. Little did
Fibonacci know, this sequence would turn out to have a great influence on the
world. In 1202 Fibonacci wrote a book, “Liber Abaci”, regarding a simple
numerical sequence. This sequence was demonstrated using bunnies. For example,
if you put one boy rabbit and one girl rabbit together it is two. These two will
then make a third and the three together will make a fifth and so on. When used
in nature, flowers, fruits, and seeds they will most likely have 3,5,8, or 21
seeds or petals because it is numerically the most efficient and they all add
up to each other.  Another contribution
by Fibonacci was The Golden Rule.  While
some others say the Greeks discovered it first as PHI, the concept can be used
to create equal proportions in statues or other things such as buildings. One
of the best things he brought us, in my opinion, are Arabic numerals also
called Hindu. Instead of using Roman Numerals, ten digits 0-9 are used. It is
these digits that are the most common symbolic representation of numbers in the
world even today.

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In conclusion, I have come to learn a lot about a
significant mathematician I had not previously heard of. Little did I realize,
Fibonacci helps me in day to day activities in my profession and in the
clinical setting. In the clinical setting of embalming, the basic anatomy can
be reflected on from his book “Liber Abaci.”
If you look at the anatomy of the hand for example, there are 8 fingers
(excluding thumbs), 5 digits on one hand, 3 bones in each finger, and 2 bones
in 1 thumb. This application in anatomy is relevant to his theory. In the day
to day process of the funeral service industry, he has made our lives easier by
using the ten digit Arabic number system when mixing formulas and setting
prices.  As a whole, the world has
benefited from his work. Fibonacci made things easier for numerous professions
and day to day living by introducing this type of numerical system. His book
also made it easier for us to comprehend nature and how things work in number
sequences. By using these number and rules, one will usually get the maximum
efficiency out of storage or production. In the future, I hope there are more
influential people like Fibonacci to help make things more understandable by
the power of knowledge.