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 lifeExamines his published works; The Grounde of Artes, The Pathway to Knowledge, The Castle of Knowledge, and The Whetstone of WitteDescribes Recorde’s professional activities in the minting of money and the mining of silver, as well as his dispute with William Herbert, Earl of PembrokeInvestigates Recorde’s work as a physician, his linguistic and antiquarian interests, and his religious beliefsDiscusses the influence of Recorde’s publisher, Reyner Wolfe, in his lifeReviews 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.