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

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The medieval Catholic Church, widely considered a source of intolerance and inquisitorial fervor, was not anti-science during the Dark Ages—in fact, the pope in the year 1000 was the leading mathematician and astronomer of his day. Called “The Scientist Pope,” Gerbert of Aurillac rose from peasant beginnings to lead the church. By turns a teacher, traitor, kingmaker, and visionary, Gerbert is the first Christian known to teach math using the nine Arabic numerals and zero.

In The Abacus and the Cross, Nancy Marie Brown skillfully explores the new learning Gerbert brought to Europe. A fascinating narrative of one remarkable math teacher, The Abacus and the Cross will captivate readers of history, science, and religion alike.

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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

About the Author

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780465031443
Author:
Brown, Nancy Marie
Publisher:
Basic Books (AZ)
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
History of Science-General
Edition Description:
First Trade Paper Edition
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
24 BandW photos, maps
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in
Age Level:
from 18

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