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Poor Robin's Prophecies: A Curious Almanac, and the Everyday Mathematics of Georgian Britain

 
 
Author
Benjamin Wardhaugh.
Publisher Oxford  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.75 x 5.75 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780199605422
Pages/Publication Date 248/2012
Daedalus Item Code 50952
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Author, astrologer, journalist, satirist, and "well-willer to the mathematics," Poor Robin of Saffron Walden was an invented figure of British popular culture from the Restoration to the end of the Georgian period. Poor Robin's Almanac developed an enthusiastic following as a source for parody and humor, and long outlived its original creator, lasting until 1828. Borrowing the character, wit, and columns of Poor Robin—who was known for making sage and rather obvious predictions—Benjamin Wardhaugh creates a most unusual history exploring the popular mathematics of ordinary Georgians, from learning sums to using mathematics in weighing and measuring, in business, agriculture, map-making, and navigation.
 
 
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