Mathematics of the Incas: Code of the Quipu

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Dover Publications, 1981 - Mathematics - 166 pages
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Unique, thought-provoking study discusses quipu, an accounting system employing knotted, colored cords, used by Incas to transmit information. Cultural context, mathematics involved, quipu-maker in Inca society, and even how to make a quipu. Fascinating for anthropologists, ethnologists, students, general readers. Over 125 photos and illustrations.

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A clearly written book on a very interesting topic. Some of the more anthropological bits were a little boring for me, but I suspect that's just because I was only reading it for the math. Read full review

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Marcia Ascher is Professor Emerita of Mathematics at Ithaca College. She is the coauthor of "Code of the Quipu: A Study in Media, Mathematics, and Culture" and the author of "Ethnomathematics: A Multicultural View of Mathematical Ideas.

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