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

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Harvill, 1998 - Mathematics - 633 pages
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The book explores the science of numeration as it has developed all over the world, from Europe to China, via the Classical World, Mesopotamia, South America and, above all, India and the Arab lands.

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A UNIVERSAL HISTORY OF NUMBERS: From Prehistory to the Invention of the Computer

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Ifrah's monumental follow-up to From One to Zero (1993) goes from one to (almost) infinity as he meticulously reviews the numbers and reckoning systems of countless tribes and cultures in a dazzling ... Read full review


Ethnological and Psychological Approaches to the Sources of Numbers
Base Numbers and the Birth of Numbersystems
The Earliest Calculating Machine The Hand

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GEORGES IFRAH is an independent scholar and former math teacher.
E. F. HARDING, the primary translator, is a statistician and mathematician who has taught at Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and Cambridge Universities.
SOPHIE WOOD, cotranslator, is a specialist in technical translation from French.
IAN MONK, cotranslator, has translated the works of Georges Perec and Daniel Pennac.
ELIZABETH CLEGG, cotranslator, is also an interpreter who has worked on a number of government and international agency projects.
GUIDO WALDMAN, cotranslator, has translated several classic literary works.

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