Who Brought the Light of Science to the Dark Ages
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.