The Universal History of Numbers: From Prehistory to the Invention of the ComputerThe 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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Review: The Universal History of Numbers: From Prehistory to the Invention of the Computer
User Review  GoodreadsI assumed that this would be a history of mathematics, or perhaps arithmetic. But no, like the title says, it's a history of of numbers. Numbers and counting systems from all different cultures, from ... Read full review
Review: The Universal History of Numbers: From Prehistory to the Invention of the Computer
User Review  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
Contents
Ethnological and Psychological Approaches to the Sources of Numbers  3 
Base Numbers and the Birth of Numbersystems  23 
The Earliest Calculating Machine The Hand  47 
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