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The Mathematician (click to enlarge - 563 KB jpeg image)

Latin education dominated the Middle Ages and the early Renaissance; but the future of educational publishing was in producing entirely new textbooks for teaching students who would learn to read only their native, vernacular language. This chapter considers these new reading, writing, and arithmetic books, and then discusses How-To books that provided instruction in practical disciplines.

Posted by admin on September 22, 2008
Tags: Chapter Six

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dianarobin on whole page :

Same comment I made about the
sudden discussion of geography
text books. Are we prepared for your
discussion of arithmetic, music and
other “skills”? Vernacular literacy?
Textbooks that teach double-entry
accounting in a book titled
“Selling Humanism” seems
incongruous. I’m waiting for you to establish the connection between “humanism”
and vernacular school subjects.
(I think the term “humanism” should
be defined in your Introduction to the
book.)
“How To Do Stuff” I would drop from
the chapter title.

March 15, 2009 3:24 pm
Carla Zecher :

Regarding the chapter title, “How To” seems fine; “Stuff” may be too cute (and imprecise).

July 21, 2009 9:26 am
MQuinlan on whole page :

While these two areas, as Diana Robin says, are a bit jarring, I’m really glad you included them. Do the math books pledge allegiance to Plato in intro remarks?

April 5, 2009 2:41 pm
radkeh on whole page :

I like “How To Do Stuff” — it seems to express just what you are getting at. I also like this picture of the sad monk (possibly trying to learn how to do stuff?).

January 26, 2010 12:21 pm
Paul F. Gehl on whole page :

Somehow I missed this string back in 2009 – 2010. I hope that, as readers went along beyond this admittedly rather artificial transition, they discovered the link with humanism, namely that all these popularizing books derived more or less directly from humanist textbooks (yes, even for elementary maths), and that the translation of such elitist knowledge into the public sphere through print was in fact a critical problem faced by humanist educators.

July 26, 2016 9:46 am

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