Robert Recorde

Tudor Polymath, Expositor and Practitioner of Computation

By Jack Williams

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The 16th-Century intellectual Robert Recorde is chiefly remembered for introducing the equals sign into algebra, yet the greater significance of his work is often overlooked. This book details the man, his achievements and his historical importance.

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  • ISBN13: 978-0-8572-9861-4
  • 288 Pages
  • User Level: Science
  • Publication Date: November 19, 2011
  • Available eBook Formats: PDF
  • eBook Price: $99.00
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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. This book 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; 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.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

  1. A Chronology.
  2. Part I: ‘Profite and Commoditie’: the Practitioners.
  3. Introduction.
  4. Robert Recorde and William Herbert Earl of Pembroke.
  5. The Affair at Clonmines.
  6. The Physician.
  7. Part II: Intrinsic Worth.
  8. Introduction.
  9. The Grounde of Artes.
  10. The Pathway to Knowledg.
  11. The Castle of Knowledge.
  12. The Whetstone of Witte.
  13. Antiquary and Linguist.
  14. Readers and Publisher.
  15. Part III: Retrospect and Prospects.
  16. Retrospect and Prospects.
  17. His Will and His Religion.
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