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Mathematical Treasures - Benedetto da Firenze's Trattato d'arismetriche

Author(s): 
Frank J. Swetz and Victor J. Katz

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Benedetto da Firenze (1429 – 1479) was a respected Florentine maestro d’abaco. Here, on page 114 of his unpublished manuscript Trattato d’arismetricha (ca 1460), a work on mercantile arithmetic, is a discussion of regula del chataina, the chain rule, used to compute exchange rates.

 

 

Frank J. Swetz and Victor J. Katz, "Mathematical Treasures - Benedetto da Firenze's Trattato d'arismetriche," Loci (January 2011)

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Mathematical Treasures