Education: The Lewde Compilator

It was just a routine chore that young (29) Mathematician Derek Price intended to do in the Peterhouse Library at the University of Cambridge. All he wanted was a look at a certain 14th century manuscript in connection with a history he was writing on scientific instruments. But as soon as the manuscript was brought to him one day last December, Price felt his pulse begin to quicken. By last week, medievalists all over Britain were talking about the mystery unearthed by Price: Who was the author of "MS. 75"?

According to the Cambridge...

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