The Abacus and the Cross: The Story of the Pope Who Brought the Light of Science to the Dark Ages

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Basic Books, Aug 20, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 328 pages
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An acclaimed science writer tells the story of Pope Sylvester II, the erstwhile mathematician, astronomer, and spy, who brought Islamic science to the West before the year 1000
 

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User Review  - Fernando - Christianbook.com

A fascinating account of the life of Gerbert d'Aurillac, scholar and later pope. Worth reading just for the portrait os mathematical learning in 10th century Europe. The author overstates her case, but one still gets a good sense of hoe impressive he was. Read full review

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A very interesting look into a topic rarely studied. It goes a long way towards correcting the misconceptions about science in the Middle Ages. Very readable, but with enough meat to keep a more scholarly audience interested. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Part One
9
Part Two
77
Part Three
151
Acknowledgments
251
Illustration Credits
253
Notes
255
Bibliography
279
Index
289
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About the author (2013)

Nancy Marie Brown is the author of The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman and Mendel in the Kitchen, named one of the Best Sci-Tech Books of 2004 by Library Journal. She lives in Vermont.

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