Author Nancy Marie Brown will give a presentation on her new
book, The Abacus and the Cross: The Story of the Pope Who
Brought the Light of Science to the Dark Ages, in the Villa
Library on Monday, November 19 at 7 pm.
In The Abacus and the Cross, Nancy Marie Brown draws
from 25 years of experience as a science writer and medievalist to
defy conventional wisdom, showing that the church not only
tolerated but embraced scientific inquiry during the so-called Dark
Ages. Brown brilliantly portrays this unexpected union of religion
and science through the story of Gerbert of Aurillac, born an
impoverished peasant, who lived as a monk, a teacher, a spy, a
kingmaker, a visionary, and at last, “The Scientist Pope.”
Brown is the author of The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking
Woman and Mendel in the Kitchen: A Scientist Looks at
Genetically Modified Food, which was named one of the Best
Sci-Tech Books for General Readers for 2004 by Library Journal.
This event is sponsored by the Catholic and
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