Numbers: Computers, Philosophers, and the Search for Meaning

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Infobase Publishing, Jan 1, 2009 - Counting - 241 pages
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Numbers deals with the development of numbers from fractions to algebraic numbers to transcendental numbers to complex numbers and their uses. The book also examines in detail the number pi, the evolution of the idea of infinity, and the representation of numbers in computers. The metric and American systems of measurement as well as the applications of some historical concepts of numbers in such modern forms as cryptography and hand calculators are also covered. Illustrations, thought-provoking text, and other supplemental material cover the key ideas, figures, and events in the historical development of numbers.
  

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Contents

The First Problems
3
Early Counting Systems
11
Our Place Value Number System
34
Analytical Engines
46
Extending the Idea of a Number
65
An Evolving Concept of a Number
67
Negative Numbers
77
Algebraic Numbers
85
Early Inisights
119
Galileo and Bolzano
130
Georg Cantor and the Logic of the Infinite
143
Cantors Legacy
165
Chronology
181
Glossary
199
Further Reading
203
Index
213

Transcendental Numbers and the Search for Meaning
107
The Problem of Infinity
117

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About the author (2009)

JOHN TABAK is a professional writer.

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