Adam was born in Balsham, near Cambridge, England. He studied with Peter Lombard at the University of Paris. He later taught at Paris; among his pupils were John of Salisbury and William of Tyre. Gabriel Nuchelmans surmises that he may have been the first person to introduce the term enuntiabile, which came to be used in the same sense as dictum.
The Petit-Pont attached to Adam's name and which crosses the Seine linking the west front of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris (and the site of a former bishop's palace) to the left bank St. Michel area would have been the main centre of Adam's intellectual group (it was renamed in 2013 with the addition of the name of Cardinal Lustiger:'Petit- Pont Cardinal Lustiger').
- Ars disserendi, on Aristotelian logic.
- De utensilibus, (or Fale tolum) on rare words
- L Minio-Paluello (ed) Twelfth Century Logic: Texts and Studies (Rome 1956)
- Peter Dronke (ed) A History of Twelfth-Century Western Philosophy (Cambridge 1988)
- Gabriel Nuchelmans Theories of the Proposition: Ancient and Medieval Conceptions of the Bearers of Truth and Falsity (North-Holland, 1973)
- Richardson, H. G. (October 1941). "The Schools of Northampton in the Twelfth Century". The English Historical Review 56 (224): 595–605. doi:10.1093/ehr/LVI.CCXXIV.595.
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