Fibonacci’s Real Name

Fibonacci’s sequence is a series of numbers found throughout nature, often in the ordering of tree branches and flower petals. Starting with 0 and 1, each number is the sum of the two numbers before it: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, etc. Credited with the introduction of the sequence in 1202, “Fibonacci” is a misnomer. The Italian Leonardo Pisano came to be known as “Fibonacci” when the phrase “filio Bonacij,” meaning of the family of Bonacci, was misread.

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