Math + Accounting

pacioli

One of the hardest things to get students to appreciate is the positional number system. It is one those things that seems so simple and inevitable that everyone takes it for granted. It is hard to imagine what life was like before it and what was made possible because of it. This Planet Money podcast captures this enormity of this transition inside of the story of Luca Pacioli, a mathematician responsible for codifying and disseminating double entry book keeping throughout the world. The whole show is great, but if nothing else, listen to the first five minutes.

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