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For the Recorde

A Welsh History of Mathematical Greats

Stories about the colorful lives of twelve Welsh mathematicians.
For the Recorde invites readers on a journey through the lives of twelve Welsh mathematicians and the places they called home. Beginning with the sixteenth-century inventor of the equals sign, Robert Recorde, and continuing through today, Gareth Ffowc Roberts highlights an oft-overlooked technical acumen in Welsh culture, a forgotten complement to the country’s more well-known legacy in poetry, music, and religion.

160 pages | 45 halftones, 1 map | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

History: British and Irish History

Mathematics and Statistics

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"This is a book about mathematics, which will appeal to anyone with any interest in the history of Wales. It outlines vividly and understandably the achievements of our mathematicians, so important to that history and vital to our understanding of the world today, shaped and changed by mathematics."

Dr. Elin Jones, historian and educationalist

"For the Recorde fair coasts along on the waves of Gareth Ffowc Roberts’s enthusiasm for the subject and the clear delight he has in the patterns and mysteries of the world—some of them solved by math, and others always tantalisingly out of reach. But Roberts’s real gift is presenting math, this sometimes arcane-seeming branch of science, once thought of as a black art in itself, as something understandable, human and altogether alive."

Jon Gower, Nation.Cymru

Table of Contents


Map of Wales
1Think of a number

2From Môn across the Menai

3How I wish I could calculate pi

4Chance and circumstance

5Building bridges

6A giant among pygmies

7What is the title of this chapter?

8Mathematics for the million

9Whence then cometh wisdom?

10Clearing the bottleneck

11Precise imprecision

12Go for gold

13 In conclusion
14 Answers to puzzles
15 Notes on chapters

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