by Ken Lund
Question by Synderella Synergy: What is “the” most important treatise written in the history of financial management?
What is was about that which helped your decision.
Answer by simplicitus
Depends how general you want to be.
My first choice would be: “On the Calculation with Hindu Numerals by Al-Khwārizmī”. I can’t imagine the pain of trying to do financial management with Roman Numerals.
My second choice would be Luca Pacioli’s textbook “Everything about Arithmetic, Geometry, and Proportions.” which taught double-entry accounting to Europe (the Islamic cultures had been using it for hundreds of years before that)
In theory it might be possible to use double-entry accounting with Roman numerals, but it would be very hard, which is why this is #2 and not #1. On the other hand, the Romans did have primitive accounting methods of their own:
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