On Friday 9 October, Professor John Tucker, Professor of Computer Science at Swansea University, gave an insightful talk at the museum on Robert Recorde and the History of Science. Professor Tucker outlined the historical and intellectual context of Robert Recorde’s work in terms of the new role that mathematical and computational ideas and methods were beginning to play in the society and economy of Europe. As trade increased so did the need for measurement and calculation, stimulating the rise of practical mathematics. He stated that the development of practical mathematics in the Tudor period is an essential part of the history of computer science.
There is one final talk on Recorde taking place at the museum on Friday 23 October when Professor Gareth Roberts offers Robert Recorde: A Man of principe in a Turbulent Age. Please contact the museum for more details.