Adelard of Bath: The First English Scientist - Louise CochraneLondon: British Museum Press, 1994, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper with a very small nick to the head of the lower panel. Price Clipped.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Diagrams; List of abbreviations;
From the cover: “Mathematician, philosopher, prolific author, translator and astrologer, Adelard of Bath still found time to tutor the future Henry II, to assist at the Exchequer and to compose lively treatises on subjects ranging from the care of falcons to the uses of the astrolabe. Born in 1080 into a bishop’s extended familia, Adelard took full advantage of the exceptional opportunities such a background had to offer, studying at Tours and Laon and travelling to Syria and Greece. His translations from the Arabic of Euclid’s Elements and his role in the dissemination in the West of astronomic tables, hindu-arabic numerals and the concept of zero, made him a key contributor to the conceptual revolution which initiated modern scientific methods.
In this comprehensive study of Adelard’s work aimed at the general reader, Louise Cochrane discusses his numerous manuscripts and their influence on contemporary thought, as well as presenting new information about his life.”