The Abacus and The Cross: The Story of The Pope Who Brought The Light of Science To The Dark Ages
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Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Running Press Book Publishers
Publication Date: 2010
|Dimensions: 9.30 X 6.20 (inches)|
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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.
Keith Devlin, Stanford University professor and author of Fibonaccis Bridge of Numbers: the Medieval Visionary and the Book that Launched the Modern World
"Nancy Marie Browns book provides a fascinating, well researched, in depth study of the life and times of one of the key figures who brought modern arithmetic into Western Europe."
"This book will change how you think about the so-called Dark Ages. Well-researched, well-written, and vividly illuminating."
"A thoroughly engrossing account of the Dark Ages and one of its Popes, both far less dark than popular histories teach. . . .The years around 1000 CE seem to be every medieval historians favorite era, but Browns welcome addition to the genre provides a lively, eye-opening portrait of a sophisticated Europe whose intellectual leaders showed genuine interest in learning."
"As she reconstructs the strangely illuminated Europe of the Dark Ages, Brown reminds readers that the major conflicts in our world todaybetween Christianity and Islam, between religion and scienceare products of our own age, not historical inevitabilities."
"Ms. Browns easily readable history draws the reader into a world of political intrigue, the excitement of introducing the abacus and astrolabe to Europe, and the shaky ground that surrounding the broader culture of Europe around 1000. Her book is a useful reminder that clear and well-reasoned history is by no means simplistic. The story of dAurillacs life and papacy shows a medieval milieu more complex than oft portrayed."