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How Fibonacci Beat Apple to Market by 800 Years

Posted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 8:40 pm
by Stephen Hart
Here's a lecture I enjoyed:

Keith Devlin on Leonardo and Steve: How Fibonacci Beat Apple to Market by 800 Years. ... d336356622

This lecture is just under an hour long, and is really more about the history of arithmetic than Apple, but it's still an interesting concept, and certainly puts Jobs in good company.

If you allow that "computer" was originally (even during WWII) a person who computes, then Devlin's conceit that Leonardo Fibonacci invented "personal computing" makes sense. Devlin's core concept is that both Leonardo and Steve grokked the idea of taking something that was formerly thought to be the realm of specialists and converting it to something than anyone could do, even if they didn't think they'd ever want to.