TY - BOOK
AU - Marek Otisk
PY - 2022
CY - Berlin, Germany
PB - Peter Lang Verlag
SN - 9783631870716
TI - Arithmetic in the Thought of Gerbert of Aurillac
DO - 10.3726/b19269
UR - https://www.peterlang.com/document/1168919
N2 - The book deals with Gerbert of Aurillac (Pope Sylvester II) and his investigations in the field of theoretical (philosophy of numbers) and practical (counting) arithmetic. The book represents the comprehensive inquiry of both these aspects of arithmetic in his thought. The analysed sources are Gerbertâ€™s so-called scientific letters written to his friends, colleagues or pupils, and also including some of his other texts. On this basis, attention is paid to arithmetic as the mother of all sciences and as the path to wisdom (e.g., the so-called Saltus Gerberti, relation between arithmetic and other disciplines of the quadrivium, etc.) and also to practical arithmetic (e.g., the introduction of Hindu-Arabic numerals and the re-introduction of a new form of abacus to the Latin Christian West).
KW - medieval mathematics, theory of numbers, philosophy of numbers, medieval astronomy, medieval timekeeping, abacus
LA - English
ER -