Chaucer’s algorithm

Keep your smart-phone by your bed? See if you can spot the relevant lines in Chaucer:

“His Almageste and bokes grete and smale,
His astrelabie, longinge for his art,
His augrim-stones layen faire a-part
On shelves couched at his beddes heed …”

The picture, here, is of Clerk Nicholas keeping his algorithm tool (augrim-stones) at the head of his bed …


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