A UNIVERSAL HISTORY OF NUMBERS: From Prehistory to the Invention of the Computer

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

Ifrah's monumental follow-up to From One to Zero (1993) goes from one to (almost) infinity as he meticulously reviews the numbers and reckoning systems of countless tribes and cultures in a dazzling scholarly performance. "Performance" is the operative word here, for not only does Ifrah enumerate the words and symbols used for arithmetic, but he also explains how to use each system, providing ... Read full review

THE UNIVERSAL HISTORY OF COMPUTING: From the Abacus to the Quantum Computer

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

An ambitious but baffling history of automatic calculation, from ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic numbers to modern computers.Ifrah, a former math teacher and independent scholar, precedes his discussion of computation with a condensed version of his first study, The Universal History of Numbers (not reviewed). The first section begins with a chronology of significant events in the development of ... Read full review

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I read D H Bailey @ J M Borwein's "the Greatest Mathematical Discovery?". Their quotations from the work of Ifrah are compelling me to get this work and get enlightened on a scantily referred invention.

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