A Look at Luca Pacioli’s “Summa de Arithemtica”

Today’s episode gives a view at the number of pages in Pacioli’s 1494 work, Summary of Arithmetic, which documented bookkeeping. His book is most famous for the bookkeeping section, but it is a very small portion of his book, which was an accumulation of math knowledge to that time.

It was written in Italian to be accessible to business people, rather than the academic Latin of the day. It was used to teach business and other math concepts for decades after its publication. Perhaps I feel an affinity for this work, because I too am trying to make bookkeeping systems more accessible to the masses.

The full electronic version of the book can be accessed here. The accounting section begins on printed page 197 through page 210.

This is Episode 114 of Conversations with Kip, the best financial system vlog there is.

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