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Jane Gleeson-White on Monks, Maths and Magic
Jane Gleeson-White talks about her third book, Double Entry: How the merchants of Venice shaped the modern world - and how their invention could make or break the planet. She describes the birth of the accounting style conceived by Franciscan friar and mathematician Luca Pacioli, and traces its rise through the centuries where it came to form part of the engine of today’s capitalist economic system.
Gleeson-White argues that double entry’s shortcomings - a failure to account for the very factors which make human life enjoyable, healthy or sustainable - make its dominance deeply problematic.