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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'Written by a mathematician and an anthropologist...' one would think that it is rather exciting... Well, how wrong could one be... At times it seems as if they switched their roles and we learn ... Read full review

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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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