Art News: Liber Abaci/The Book of Calculation for Sale & $40 Million Arts and Education Funding Threatened

5 Mar
2011

THE LIBER ABACI/BOOK OF CALCULATION BY LEONARDO PISANO BIGOLLO OR FIBONACCI, ONE OF THE MOST TALENTED WESTERN MATHEMATICIANS OF THE MIDDLE AGES IS FOR SALE

Key parts of the Liber Abaci, the work that shaped the course of history by introducing Arabic numerals to the west, are to be sold at Bonhams New York on June 22nd. They feature in a rare 15th century manuscript estimated at between $120,000-180,000 (£75,000 – 110,000).

The Liber Abaci or Book of Calculation is by Leonardo Pisano Bigollo or Fibonacci, considered by many as one of the most talented western mathematicians of the Middle Ages. Fibonacci is widely credited with bringing the Hindu-Arabic numeral system to the western world. Read whole article artdaily.

$40 MILLION ARTS AND EDUCATION FUNDING THREATENED

Federal funding totaling $40 million for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ educational programs, arts education grants for the disabled and grants to train arts teachers are just some of the arts-related programs on the chopping block as Congress and the Obama administration wrangle over how much to cut the 2010-11 federal budget.

The cut was included Wednesday as President Obama signed a temporary budget resolution designed to keep the government operating through March 18 while the White House and congressional Democrats and Republicans continue talks to reach a final budget agreement. Read whole article latimes

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