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

User Review  - Lu Dongyi - Goodreads

This book is more about an account of the Middle Ages than about Gerbert's science. I actually expected more on Gerbert's science. I agree that the world would be very different if Gerbert achieved his dream, and more different if he was not distracted by politics. Read full review

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

User Review  - Goodreads

This book is more about an account of the Middle Ages than about Gerbert's science. I actually expected more on Gerbert's science. I agree that the world would be very different if Gerbert achieved his dream, and more different if he was not distracted by politics. 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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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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