The Abacus and the Cross: The Story of the Pope Who Brought the Light of Science to the Dark Ages

The Abacus and the Cross: The Story of the Pope Who Brought the Light of Science to the Dark Ages

Nancy Marie Brown


The medieval Catholic Church, greatly thought of a resource of intolerance and inquisitorial fervor, was once now not anti-science in the course of the darkish Ages—in truth, the pope within the 12 months one thousand used to be the top mathematician and astronomer of his day. known as “The Scientist Pope,” Gerbert of Aurillac rose from peasant beginnings to guide the church. via turns a instructor, traitor, kingmaker, and visionary, Gerbert is the 1st Christian recognized to coach math utilizing the 9 Arabic numerals and zero.

In The Abacus and the Cross, Nancy Marie Brown skillfully explores the hot studying Gerbert dropped at Europe. a desirable narrative of 1 extraordinary math instructor, The Abacus and the Cross will captivate readers of heritage, technological know-how, and faith alike.

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