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Wardhaugh, Benjamin, 1979-
Poor Robin's prophecies : a curious almanac, and the everyday mathematics of Georgian Britain / Benjamin Wardhaugh
1st ed
Oxford : Oxford University Press, c2012
book jacket
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 4th Floor  QA27.G7 W37 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Mathematics -- England -- History -- 18th century
Subject Poor Robin
Subject(s) Almanacs, English -- 18th century
Mathematics -- Study and teaching -- England -- History -- 18th century
Mathematics -- England -- Popular works -- History -- 18th century
Physical Description viii, 248 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 238-243) and index
Summary Tells the story of how ordinary people in eighteenth-century Britain learned and applied popular practical mathematics to weighing and measuring, business, agriculture, surveying, and navigation. The annual almanac 'Poor Robin'--first published in 1663 and outliving its original creator to last until 1828--supplied the data everyone needed about the coming year's tides, equinoxes, and astronomical events. Poor Robin of Saffron Walden, a fantastical figure in British popular culture from the Restoration to the end of the Georgian period, also provided arithmetical tips and tricks as well as subversive spoof astrology and political satire

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