Luca Pacioli

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Fra Luca Bartolomeo de Pacioli (sometimes Paciolo) (c. 1445 – 1517) was an Italian mathematician and Franciscan friar, collaborator with Leonardo da Vinci, and seminal contributor to the field now known as accounting.


  • The quest for our origin is the sweet fruit's juice which maintains satisfaction in the minds of the philosophers.
    • As quoted in The Golden Ratio by Mario Livio, p. 124
  • The Ancients, having taken into consideration the rigorous construction of the human body, elaborated all their works, as especially their holy temples, according to these proportions; for they found here the two principal figures without which no project is possible: the perfection of the circle, the principle of all regular bodies, and the equilateral square.
    • From the book De divina proportione

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