The Universal History of Numbers: From Prehistory to the Invention of the Computer

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Harvill, Jan 1, 1998 - Mathematics - 633 pages
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The book explores the science of numeration as it has developed all over the world, from Europe to China, via the Classical World, Mesopotamia, South America and, above all, India and the Arab lands.

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Review: The Universal History of Numbers: From Prehistory to the Invention of the Computer

User Review  - Andrea Hickman Walker - Goodreads

I think the subtitle is rather misleading because it doesn't really discuss the invention of computers, unless one considers a computer to be any kind of calculating machine. There is a discussion of ... Read full review

Review: The Universal History of Numbers: From Prehistory to the Invention of the Computer

User Review  - Stephenlouis - Goodreads

Quite likely the only book you will ever need to understand the history of numbers and what they really mean. I re-read this book once a year. Highly recommended. Read full review

Contents

Ethnological and Psychological Approaches to the Sources of Numbers
3
Base Numbers and the Birth of Numbersystems
23
The Earliest Calculating Machine The Hand
47
Copyright

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About the author (1998)

GEORGES IFRAH is an independent scholar and former math teacher.
E. F. HARDING, the primary translator, is a statistician and mathematician who has taught at Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and Cambridge Universities.
SOPHIE WOOD, cotranslator, is a specialist in technical translation from French.
IAN MONK, cotranslator, has translated the works of Georges Perec and Daniel Pennac.
ELIZABETH CLEGG, cotranslator, is also an interpreter who has worked on a number of government and international agency projects.
GUIDO WALDMAN, cotranslator, has translated several classic literary works.

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