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Luca Pacioli, an Italian mathematician and Franciscan friar, is widely known as the "Father of Accounting" for publishing 36 chapters on the double-entry accounting method used by Venetian merchants during the Italian Renaissance. His book, Summa de Arithmetica, Geometria, Proportioni et Proportionalita (which translates, "Everything about Arithmetic, Geometry and Proportion"), was written as a textbook for students in Northern Italy at the end of the 15th century. Pacioli's documentation of double-entry accounting and ledgers taught entrepreneurs of the day how to conduct business using timely and accurate financial information, and it established the fundamentals of accounting still practiced today.

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