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Robert Recorde

Tudor Polymath, Expositor and Practitioner of Computation

Williams, Jack

2011, XXIV, 268 p.

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  • Presents an authoritative and in-depth analysis of the man, his achievements and his historical importance
  • Discusses the greater significance and broader scope of Recorde’s work
  • Covers aspects of Recorde’s life overlooked in other studies

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.

Topics and features:

  • 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.

Content Level » Research

Related subjects » General Issues - History of Mathematical Sciences - History of Science

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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