The Britannica Guide to Numbers and Measurement

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William L. Hosch
The Rosen Publishing Group, 2010 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 286 pages
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Communication and, indeed, our comprehension of the world in general are largely ordered by the number and measurement systems that have arisen over time. Numbers lend structure to human interaction by standardizing the language we use to interpret quantities and by helping us understand natural relationships between varying concepts. This book delves into the history of mathematical reasoning And The progression of numerical thought around the world. With detailed biographies of seminal thinkers and theorists, readers develop a sophisticated understanding of some of the most fundamental arithmetical concepts as well as the individuals who established them.
  

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Contents

Numbers
21
Systems
30
Decimal Number System
31
Theory
94
Numerical Terms and 122
150
Dedekind
161
Factorial
167
Harmonic Sequence
173
Pseudoprime
185
Measurements
201
Measurement Pioneers
230
JosephLouis Lagrange
234
Centimetre cm
244
Kilometre km
254
Glossary
273
234
281

Lagranges FourSquare Theorem
179

Common terms and phrases

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