The Universal History of Numbers: The Computer and the Information Revolution, Volume 1

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Harvill Press, 2000 - Mathematics - 410 pages
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In this concluding volume of The Universal History of Numbers, as encyclopaedic and informative as the first two, Georges Ifrah recapitulates the steps in mathematical notation which have brought us to our present system. He passes on to consider some of the uses of algebra, showing how algebra has influenced the way we reason and how it has opened the way to new advances in computation. He then introduces the reader to the departure made from the decimal Base 10 which has led to the spread of the binary Base 2, the foundation for computer technology. The core of this volume takes us through the origins and progress of the computer revolution, starting with the calculating machines of the 19th century. He concludes with a synthesis of the development of numbers technology as a function of logic, providing pointers to the directions in which technology is likely to lead us.

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