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Alcuin

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(c. 735–804)

English scholar and theologian. In 782 was employed by Emperor Charlemagne as head of his palace school at Aachen, where his pupils included many of the outstanding...

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John of Sacrobosco

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(fl. c.1220–50) English (?) author of several important scientific treatises.

Very little is known about his background, though he is widely believed to be from England and to have...

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Leonardo Fibonacci

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(c.1170–1250) Italian mathematician

Fibonacci lived in Pisa and is often referred to as Leonardo of Pisa. Although he was probably the most outstanding mathematician of the Middle...

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mathematics

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Thanks to Boethius and Cassiodorus, arithmetic and geometry were part of the quadrivium together with astronomy and music. Bede developed a veritable science of computus, primarily to...

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Pope Silvester II

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

(b. c.945; r. c.999–1003)

Pioneer in the revival of the seven liberal arts, which he taught as tutor to Otto II and Otto III and at Rheims cathedral. He was ...

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Wolfger of Prüfening

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

From the 1130s on, attested as librarian, treasurer, archivist, and occasional annalist of Prüfening, a reformed Benedictine monastery near Regensburg. He is identified, debatably, as...

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