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Luca Pacioli

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Luca Pacioli

Portrait of Luca Pacioli, traditionally attributed to Jacopo de' Barbari, 1495.
Born1445 circa
Borgo Sansepolcro, Arezzo, Italy
DiedJune, 19 1517
Rome, Italy
CategoriesBooks by Luca Pacioli


Luca Bartolomeo de Pacioli (sometimes Paccioli or Paciolo) (Borgo Sansepolcro, 1445 circa – Roma, 19 giugno 1517) was an Italian Franciscan friar, mathematician, collaborator with Leonardo da Vinci, and seminal contributor to the field now known as accounting.

Luca Pacioli is the author of De viribus quantitatis, a treatise on mathematics and magic. Written between 1496 and 1508 it contains the first reference to card tricks as well as guidance on how to juggle, eat fire and make coins dance. It is the first work to note that Leonardo was left-handed. De viribus quantitatis is divided into three sections: mathematical problems, puzzles and tricks, and a collection of proverbs and verses. The book has been described as the "foundation of modern magic and numerical puzzles", but it was never published and sat in the archives of the University of Bologna, seen only by a small number of scholars since the Middle Ages. The book was rediscovered after David Singmaster, a mathematician, came across a reference to it in a 19th-century manuscript.