## Numbers: the universal languageWell-written, loaded with information, and with a rich assortment of illustrations, each Discoveries "RM" volume is a look at one facet of art, archaeology, music, history, philosophy, popular culture, science, or nature. These innovatively designed, affordably priced, compact paperbacks bring ideas to life and amplify our understanding of civilization in a new way. |

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### Contents

HOW MANY? | 13 |

FROM NUMBERS TO FIGURES | 33 |

THE UNIVERSE EXPANDS | 82 |

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16th century 3d century 4th century BC 5th century abacus abstract Achilles algebra Algorism alphabet ancient Andrew Wiles arithmetic base binary called Cantor century bc circle complex number complex plane computation concepts of number counting defined developed digital calculation division divisors elements equal equation Euclid expressed Fermat finite fractions France Georg Cantor Greek hundred idea of number imaginary number Indian Indo-Arabic numerals infinite number infinity integers invented irrational number logic mathematician mathematics Maya measure modern multiplication natural numbers negative numbers Nicolas Chuquet number theory objects odd numbers operations Paris Philolaus philosopher Pierre de Fermat place value positional notation positive integers prime numbers principle Pythagoras Pythagoreans quantity quipu rational number represent numbers Roman numeral sequence sexagesimal spoken numerations square squaring the circle symbols things thousand Tortoise trans treatise true units universe Vincent Lever whole number writing written numeration zero