Events Celebrating the Inventor of the Equals (=) Sign

Posted by Tenby Museum on Aug 27, 2015 Blog, News No Comments

Taking things for granted is, on the whole, human nature, hence such truisms as ‘Familiarity breeds contempt’.  How often do we look at things, they pass by, and we offer no second thought on their origins?  Well, Tenby Museum is once again attempting to right an oversight by celebrating the work of Tenby born mathematician Robert Recorde (1510 – 1558), whose myriad achievements included the not insignificant invention of the equals (=) sign, described by Recorde in his work The Whetstone of Witte (1557) thus:  because noe. 2 thynges, can be moare equalle.

The museum is putting on a series of events which celebrate the life, work and legacy of this incredible man, working in conjunction with the London Mathematical Society’s 150th Anniversary Local Heroes celebrations.

There will be talks by eminent professors and experts in their field:

Gordon Roberts will talk on Friday 18 September at 3.00pm

Professor John Tucker of Swansea University will give a talk Robert Recorde and the History of Science on Friday 9 October at 7.00pm

Professor Gareth Roberts will give a talk Robert Recorde 1510-1558, A Man of principle in a Turbulent Age on Friday 23 October at 7.00pm.

If you are interested in attending any of those talks do contact the museum.  A season ticket for all three talks is available at a reduced price.

There will also be special events for schools including a one-man bilingual show on Recorde and a talk by a local artist on the use of Euclidian geometry in art.

As always lots going on and all well worth a look!

Memorial plaque to Robert Recorde in Tenby's St Mary's Church

Memorial plaque to Robert Recorde in Tenby’s St Mary’s Church