History of Computing

Robert Recorde

Tudor Polymath, Expositor and Practitioner of Computation

Authors: Williams, John Jack W.

  • 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
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About this book

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.

Reviews

From the reviews:

“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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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Robert Recorde
Book Subtitle
Tudor Polymath, Expositor and Practitioner of Computation
Authors
Series Title
History of Computing
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag London
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag London Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-85729-862-1
DOI
10.1007/978-0-85729-862-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-85729-861-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4471-5824-0
Series ISSN
2190-6831
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 268
Topics