## The universal history of numbers: from prehistory to the invention of the computer |

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

User Review - Andrea Hickman Walker - GoodreadsI 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

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User Review - Stephenlouis - GoodreadsQuite 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

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