Episode 407: A Mathematician, The Last Supper, And The Birth Of Accounting : Planet Money The story of an innovation that changed the way the world works, and of the man who made this innovation possible: Luca Pacioli.
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Episode 407: A Mathematician, The Last Supper, And The Birth Of Accounting

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Episode 407: A Mathematician, The Last Supper, And The Birth Of Accounting

Episode 407: A Mathematician, The Last Supper, And The Birth Of Accounting

Episode 407: A Mathematician, The Last Supper, And The Birth Of Accounting

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Luca Pacioli is the one on the left. (Nobody knows who the guy on the right is.) Museo di Capodimonte hide caption

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Luca Pacioli is the one on the left. (Nobody knows who the guy on the right is.)

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This episode originally ran in 2012.

On the show today, the story of an innovation that changed the way the world works, and of the man who made this innovation possible. Luca Pacioli was a monk, a mathematician, a magician and, possibly, the boyfriend of Leonardo da Vinci.

Jane Gleeson-White, author of Double Entry: How the Merchants of Venice Created Modern Finance, tells us the story of Pacioli and how his book on mathematics changed business across the planet.

A page from Pacioli's math encyclopedia, Summa de Arithmetica, Geometria, Proportioni et Proportionalita. via Jane Gleeson-White hide caption

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A page from Pacioli's math encyclopedia, Summa de Arithmetica, Geometria, Proportioni et Proportionalita.

via Jane Gleeson-White

Music:"Garçon d'café Instrumental" and "Don't Say You're Sorry."

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