## Numbers: their history and meaningExtremely readable, jargon-free book for general readers traces the evolution of counting systems, from the primitive techniques of antiquity to computers. Text examines the earliest endeavors to count and record numbers, initial attempts to solve problems by using equations, and origins of infinite cardinal arithmetic. "Surprisingly exciting." — "Choice." |

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### Contents

The Beginning of Numbers | 10 |

Counting by Fives | 23 |

Counting with Knots | 36 |

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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 diagonal digits Diophantus divided division divisor dots 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 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