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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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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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