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Feb Book Club: The Abacus and the Cross

I’m pleased to announce that the next book discussion will be based on The Abacus and the Cross: The Story of the Pope Who Brought the Light of Science to the Dark Ages, Nancy Marie Brown

“The Abacus and the Cross tells the fascinating, little known story of the ‘Scientist-Pope’ Sylvester II (Gerbert of Aurillac), whom older writers long considered a practitioner of the Black Arts. In this vividly presented, scrupulously researched biography, Nancy Marie Brown shows how a few open-minded intellectuals illuminated the Dark Ages by importing scientific knowledge and methods into Christian Europe from Muslim Spain. Brown’s descriptions of Gerbert’s ‘magical’ instruments, the abacus, celestial spheres, and astrolabe, as well as of his worship of a mathematically-inspired Creator, make important contributions to the history of medieval science.”

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Kindle Edition: $15.37
Hardcover: $18.45
Audible Audio: $17.21

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  • Bakari

    The discussion turned out to be more interesting than I thought it would be. Thanks Anyse for suggesting this book. Thank you to others for attending.

    February 28, 2011

  • Anyse J.

    Always great discussion and interesting views.

    February 24, 2011

  • Joe F.

    I'll discuss chapters 6 through 8.

    February 24, 2011

  • Anyse J.

    Yes, I will take the last 5.

    February 21, 2011

  • Anyse J.

    Bakari,

    I will be more than happy to cover the last two chapters of this book in the discussion. I am hoping that I can get a ride there as the weather is still rather inclement. PLEASE, somebody, offer me a ride, OK? Thank you in advance.

    February 17, 2011

  • Bakari

    Marcella, I remember some discussion about the book you're referring to. But remember, I've always said that preference would be given to books suggested by people who regularly attend book club meetings. If you're interested in having a book read and discussed by the group, please attend regularly. Bring a copy of the book to the club and pitch it. It will probably be approved by members. This is the only fair way I know of choosing books.

    February 14, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lol. Exactly. How fickle.

    February 12, 2011

  • Joe F.

    Yes I was there. I remember talking about different books to read and we voted on reading Raj's book. I dont recall picking a book after Raj's. There were other members there that where at both book discussions and no one spoke up about having already decided to read The Year of Living Biblically as the next book. If we decided as you recall, then we all forgot.

    February 12, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good point Joe. So let me ask you this: were you at the Moral landscape discussion? Because you're right, at that discussion, we decided that Raj's book would be discussed and then AJ Jacobs, The Year of Living Biblically, so I was all set, but The Abacus and The Cross seems good, I just won't be able to attend. I hope we get to discuss The Year of Living Biblically soon. It's really good!

    February 12, 2011

  • Joe F.

    I dont recall that at all. Since Bakari has been hosting the club, we have always voted for the next book to read before we discuss the current one.

    February 12, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    At the Moral Landscape meetup, it was decided that the group would read The Year of Living Biblically after Raj's book, so I don't understand why that changed at Raj's book discussion. How fickle.

    February 12, 2011

  • Joe F.

    Multiple books were pitched to the individuals who were at the book club. This book won the vote.

    February 7, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I thought we were reading, "The year of living biblically," by A.J. Jacobs?

    February 5, 2011

  • Linda B.

    Really sorry that I have had a conflict arise. I'll be on an airport run to SFO.

    February 3, 2011

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