In 1202, Leonardo of Pisa, also called Fibonacci, published a book which popularized in Europe the Indian decimal number system that had also been adopted by Arab mathematicians. Among the many examples given in the book, one refers to the growth of a population of rabbits. It is one of the oldest examples of a mathematical model for the dynamics of a population.


Number System Fibonacci Sequence Trading Post Ulation Dynamic Population Problem 
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Further reading

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    Bernoulli, D.: Observationes de seriebus… Comment. Acad. Sci. Imp. Petropolitanae 3, 85–100 (1728/1732) Reproduced in: Die Werke von Daniel Bernoulli, Band 2, Birkhäuser, Basel, 1982, pp. 49–64 books.google.com
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    Sigler, L.E.: Fibonacci’s Liber Abaci. Springer, New York (2002) books.google.com Google Scholar
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    Vogel, K.: Leonardo Fibonacci. In: Gillespie, C.C. (ed.) Dictionary of Scientific Biography, vol. 4, pp. 604–613. Scribner, New York (1971) Google Scholar

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  1. 1.IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement)BondyFrance

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