Catholic and Dominican Institute

The Abacus and the Cross

November 19, 2012 7:00 PM
Villa Library

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.”

Nancy Marie BrownNancy Marie 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 Dominican Institute.

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The Abacus and the Cross