## From one to zero: a universal history of numbers |

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User Review - keylawk - LibraryThingBorn speaking Hebrew Arabic and French in Morocco, and widely-traveled, Georges Ifrah provides a comprehensive tour of how "numbers" were used by people across expanses of time, place and culture. He ... Read full review

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### Contents

The Origin and Discovery of Numbers | 3 |

The Principle of the Base | 31 |

CONCRETE COUNTING | 53 |

Copyright | |

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abacus additive principle alphabetic numeration ancient Aramaic archaic arithmetical astronomers Aztecs Babylonian base beginning calculating calendar century B.C. Chinese numeration circular sign Codex column corresponding counters counting board cuneiform DAFI decimal drachmas Eastern Arabs Egyptian Etruscan example expressed finger counting five forefinger four glyph Greek alphabetic hand Hebrew Hebrew alphabetic hieratic hieroglyphic Hindu-Arabic numerals hundreds Indian numerals indicated inscriptions Jewish language large numbers manuscript mathematical mathematicians Mayan Mayas means millennium B.C. multiplicative principle nine notches numeral letters numerical notation numerical signs numerical value oldest known oral numeration orders of units origin Phoenician place-value numeration place-value principle place-value system probably Proto-Elamite quipu reckoning represented rod numerals Roman numerals Sanskrit scribes Semitic sexagesimal shown in figure special sign Sumer Sumerian Susa symbolic number words tablets tally third thousands thumb tsade vertical vigesimal whole numbers writing written numeration zero sign