It happened on MAY 12


Gerbert d’Aurillac died in Rome. He was elected to the papacy on April 2, 999, taking the name Pope Sylvester II. He was one of the most interesting scientific and humanistic figures of the High Middle Ages. Gerbert founded schools in Italy, Germany, and France, promoting classical studies along with the quadrivium (arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music). He authored works in mathematics, geometry, and astronomy and in the West introduced the use of the numeral zero in mathematics. Hydraulics and designing musical instruments were two other interests of his. After he was elected pope, he instituted a large number of libraries with the goal of preserving and diffusing the greatest classical Latin manuscripts.

The Human Factor in Science

Readings on the Human Factor in Science: an approach to Scientific Humanism, an introduction by G. Tanzella-Nitti

The scientific experience of knowledge, by E. Cantore (1977) 

On the intellectual passion in scientific research, by M. Polaniy (1958) 

The two supreme elements in human progress, by R. A. Millikan (1950) 

Humanism and humanity, by Th. Dobzhansky (1967) 

Science as a culture: A critical appreciation, by C. N. R. Rao (2002) 

From the INTERS articles: E. Cantore, Science, The Humanistic Significance of


Interdisciplinary Encyclopedia of Religion and Science

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