[LMB] Education for men

alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca
Wed Sep 8 03:09:10 BST 2021


On Tue, 7 Sep 2021, Matthew George wrote:
> Numeracy is even more complicated; carrying out arithmetic with the Roman
> numeral system was awful.

They didn't have to - they used an abacus.

According to 
https://history-computer.com/inventions/abacus-complete-history-of-the-abacus/ 
the abacus was reintroduced to Europe before 1000AD by Gerbert d’Aurillac 
(c. 946-1003), archbishop of Rheims and chancellor of France, well-known 
as Pope Sylvester II. "Due to Gerbert’s reintroduction, the abacus became 
widely used in Western Europe once again during the 11th century."

I found this amusing woodcut:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abacus#/media/File:Gregor_Reisch,_Margarita_Philosophica,_1508_(1230x1615).png

Gregor Reisch: Madame Arithmatica, 1508
(*woman* calculating with an abacus)

Alayne

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Alayne McGregor
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What we need is a tough new kind of feminism with no illusions. ... We
need a kind of feminism that aims not just to assimilate into the
institutions that men have created over the centuries, but to infiltrate
and subvert them. -- Barbara Ehrenreich


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