Gordon Roberts gave an absolutely fascinating talk at the museum last Friday (18 September) on the life and times of Tenby born mathematician, Robert Recorde, famed last the inventor of the equals (=) sign.
The talk was part of the museum’s seven week celebrations on Recorde as part of the London Mathematical Society’s 150th Anniversary Local Heroes project. The museum is the only one in Wales holding events under this local heroes theme.
The talk gave a detailed but vastly entertaining insight into the times in which Recorde was living and showed how Recorde’s work and intellect had a huge impact on aspects of life ranging from trade through to navigation.
There are two additional talks on Recorde coming up at the museum. On Friday 9 October Professor John Tucker will be giving a talk entitled ‘Robert Recorde and the History of Science’ and on Friday 23 October Professor Gareth Roberts will be giving a talk entitled ‘Robert Recorde, A Man of Principle in a Turbulent Age’. If you are interested in attending the talks please contact the museum on 01834 842809.