It appears that Fibonacci was the first person in Europe to represent a real number in a place value system: he wrote a root of the equation

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Atomic objects, structures and concepts of mathematics

Posted by: **Alexandre Borovik** | August 14, 2014
## Fibonacci

It appears that Fibonacci was the first person in Europe to represent a real number in a place value system: he wrote a root of the equation

as

.

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Meaning base 60? I.e., ?

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MathOverflow Teamon August 14, 2014at 4:44 pm

Yes, base 60, of course.

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Alexandre Borovikon August 14, 2014at 5:41 pm

And it is not true, although widely believed, that Fibonacci’s daughter was called Bunny.

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Alexandre Borovikon August 14, 2014at 5:43 pm