Poor Robin's Prophesies: A curious Almanac, and the
everyday mathematics of Georgian England by Benjamin
English | 2012 | ISBN: 0199605424 | 256 pages | PDF |
Author, astrologer, journalist, satirist, and 'well - willer to
the mathematics', Poor Robin of Saffron Walden was a
fantastic, yet invented, figure of British popular culture
from the Restoration to the end of the Georgian period.
Poor Robin's Almanac first appeared in 1662, developing
an enthusiastic following and long outliving its original
creator to last until 1828.
Benjamin Wardhaugh tells the great story of Georgian
popular mathematics - through Poor Robin's remarkable
life, from his humble beginnings as an almanac - writer
through to best - selling stardom, controversy, and
decline. Using the character, wit, and columns of Poor
Robin, Wardhaugh explores the mathematics of ordinary
people, from learning sums to using mathematics in
weighing and measuring, in business, agriculture, map -
making, and navigation.
This is a history of mathematics that is rarely thought
about ÔÇô creative, popular, and led by practical and social
needs. It is centered on the ordinary people that used it.
Their names remain little - known; their solutions have
vanished along with the situations that required them;
but their energy and ideas - as captured by Poor Robin
- create a wonderfully rich picture of what mathematics
can be, and has been.
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