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The abacus and the cross : the story of the Pope who brought the light of science to the Dark Ages / Nancy Marie Brown.

By: Brown, Nancy Marie.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Basic Books, c2010Description: vii, 310 p., [8] p. of col. plates : ill., facsims., map, ports. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9780465009503 (alk. paper); 0465009506 (alk. paper).Subject(s): Sylvester II, Pope, ca. 945-1003 | Scientists -- Europe -- Biography | Mathematicians -- Europe -- Biography | Religion and science -- Europe -- History -- To 1500 | Science -- Europe -- History -- To 1500 | Mathematics -- Europe -- History -- To 1500
A monk of Aurillac -- Of the making of books there is no end -- The ornament of the world -- Schoolmaster of Reims -- The abacus -- Math and the mind of God -- The celestial sphere -- The astrolabe -- Abbot of Bobbio -- Treason and excommunication -- The legend of the last emperor -- Pope of the year 1000 -- The end of the world.
Summary: Traces the achievements of medieval Pope Sylvester II, revealing his lesser-known role in promoting scientific awareness throughout turn-of-the-first-millennium Catholicism and his introduction of Arabic numerals to Europe.
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Science & Technology Studies Collection 92 SYL BROWN (Browse shelf) Available 2402478931

Includes bibliographical references (p. 279-288) and index.

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