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Author Ifrah, Georges.

Title The universal history of numbers : from prehistory to the invention of the computer / Georges Ifrah ; translated from the French by David Bellos ...[and others]
Published New York : J. Wiley, [2000]


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Description xxii., 633 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 24x25 cm
Contents Introduction: Where "Numbers" Come From -- Ch. 1. Explaining the Origins: Ethnological and Psychological Approaches to the Sources of Numbers -- Ch. 2. Base Numbers and the Birth of Number-systems -- Ch. 3. The Earliest Calculating Machine - The Hand -- Ch. 4. How Cro-Magnon Man Counted -- Ch. 5. Tally Sticks: Accounting for Beginners -- Ch. 6. Numbers on Strings -- Ch. 7. Number, Value and Money -- Ch. 8. Numbers of Sumer -- Ch. 9. The Enigma of the Sexagesimal Base -- Ch. 10. The Development of Written Numerals in Elam and Mesopotamia -- Ch. 11. The Decipherment of a Five-thousand-year-old System -- Ch. 12. How the Sumerians Did Their Sums -- Ch. 13. Mesopotamian Numbering after the Eclipse of Sumer -- Ch. 14. The Numbers of Ancient Egypt -- Ch. 15. Counting in the Times of the Cretan and Hittite Kings -- Ch. 16. Greek and Roman Numerals -- Ch. 17. Letters and Numbers -- Ch. 18. The Invention of Alphabetic Numerals -- Ch. 19. Other Alphabetic Number-systems
Ch. 20. Magic, Mysticism, Divination, and Other Secrets -- Ch. 21. The Numbers of Chinese Civilisation -- Ch. 22. The Amazing Achievements of the Maya -- Ch. 23. The Final Stage of Numerical Notation -- Ch. 24. Part I: Indian Civilisation: the Cradle of Modern Numerals -- Ch. 24. Part II: Dictionary of the Numeral Symbols of Indian Civilisation -- Ch. 25. Indian Numerals and Calculation in the Islamic World -- Ch. 26. The Slow Progress of Indo-Arabic Numerals in Western Europe -- Ch. 27. Beyond Perfection
Notes Includes Index: p. [616-633]
Bibliography Bibliography: page [601-615]
Notes Translated from the French
Subject Numerals -- History.
Numeration -- History.
Author Bellos, David.
LC no. 99045531
ISBN 0471375683 (acid-free paper)
Other Titles Histoire universelle des chiffres. English