## Numbers: their history and meaning |

### What people are saying - Write a review

#### LibraryThing Review

User Review - miketroll - LibraryThingA hugely entertaining work of mathematical history. Read full review

### Contents

The Beginning of Numbers | 10 |

Counting by Fives | 23 |

Counting with Knots | 36 |

Copyright | |

16 other sections not shown

### Other editions - View all

### Common terms and phrases

abacus adding addition algebra alphabetical ancient appear Arab arithmetic Babylonian Brahmagupta calculation carried casting out nines century column complex numbers corresponding counters counting board counting systems cube cubic equations decimal denote developed diagonal digits Diophantus divided division divisor Egyptian equal eventually evidence example expressed factors finger gestures finger-counting fingers five fractions geometric geometric progression gives Greek Greek alphabetical Hindu-Arabic numerals Indian invented involved irrational numbers kind knots known large numbers Leonardo of Pisa letters logarithms magic square mathematicians mathematics means method modern multiply natural numbers notation notches number-words numeral system obtained operations pair possible prime numbers principle problems Pythagoreans quadratic equation quotient rational numbers real numbers recurring decimal remainder representing Roman numerals rule sequence sexagesimal simple solution solved square root subtraction suggest symbols tables tally sticks tion units unknown whole numbers words write written zero