Robert Recorde: Tudor Polymath, Expositor and Practitioner of Computation

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The 16th-Century intellectual Robert Recorde is chiefly remembered for introducing the equals sign into algebra, yet the greater significance and broader scope of his work is often overlooked.

Robert Recorde: Tudor Polymath, Expositor and Practitioner of Computation presents an authoritative and in-depth analysis of the man, his achievements and his historical importance. This scholarly yet accessible work examines the latest evidence on all ...

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Overview

The 16th-Century intellectual Robert Recorde is chiefly remembered for introducing the equals sign into algebra, yet the greater significance and broader scope of his work is often overlooked.

Robert Recorde: Tudor Polymath, Expositor and Practitioner of Computation presents an authoritative and in-depth analysis of the man, his achievements and his historical importance. This scholarly yet accessible work examines the latest evidence on all aspects of Recorde’s life, throwing new light on a character deserving of greater recognition.

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• Presents a concise chronology of Recorde’s life
• Examines his published works; The Grounde of Artes, The Pathway to Knowledge, The Castle of Knowledge, and The Whetstone of Witte
• Describes Recorde’s professional activities in the minting of money and the mining of silver, as well as his dispute with William Herbert, Earl of Pembroke
• Investigates Recorde’s work as a physician, his linguistic and antiquarian interests, and his religious beliefs
• Discusses the influence of Recorde’s publisher, Reyner Wolfe, in his life
• Reviews his legacy to 17th-Century science, and to modern computer science and mathematics

This fascinating insight into a much under-appreciated figure is a must-read for researchers interested in the history of computer science and mathematics, and for scholars of renaissance studies, as well as for the general reader.

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“This volume primarily consists of a very detailed examination of Recorde’s four major mathematical books. … For the graduate student in the history of mathematics, this thorough and detailed work would be valuable.” (M. D. Derk, ACM Computing Reviews, March, 2012)

“This book fills a gap in historical biography that has existed for far too long. … The majority of the chapters describe Recorde’s life and career, but four are devoted to the description and analysis of his four mathematical works … for which he is most famous. … an excellent book. I can recommend it.” (John Denniss, The Mathematical Association of America, April, 2012)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780857298614
  • Publisher: Springer London
  • Publication date: 11/18/2011
  • Series: History of Computing Series
  • Edition description: 2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

A Chronology

Part I: ‘Profite and Commoditie’: the Practitioners

Introduction

Robert Recorde and William Herbert Earl of Pembroke

The Affair at Clonmines

The Physician

Part II: Intrinsic Worth

Introduction

The Grounde of Artes

The Pathway to Knowledg

The Castle of Knowledge

The Whetstone of Witte

Antiquary and Linguist

Readers and Publisher

Part III: Retrospect and Prospects

Retrospect and Prospects

His Will and His Religion

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