The Abacus & The Cross: The Story of the Pope

    The Abacus & The Cross: The Story of the Pope

    Who Brought the Light of Science to the Dark Ages

    Nancy Marie Brown

    Basic 2010

    Hardback 320pp Illustrated

    9780465009503   Product Code: 16779

    As the year 1000 loomed, the 'Scientist-Pope' Sylvester II was concerning himself less with millennial fears of the Antichrist than with solving geometrical conundrums. The leading mathematician and astronomer of the day, he introduced Christians to Arabic numerals and zero, invented new scientific instruments and wrote treatises on logic and acoustics. This biography challenges the popular image of the 'Dark Ages', showing how intellectuals pursued their belief in the profound connection between the rational and the divine.

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