How Mathematics Happened: The First 50,000 Years

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In this fascinating discussion of ancient mathematics, author Peter Rudman does not just chronicle the archeological record of what mathematics was done; he digs deeper into the more important question of why it was done in a particular way. Why did the Egyptians use a bizarre method of expressing fractions? Why did the Babylonians use an awkward number system based on multiples of 60? Rudman answers such intriguing questions, arguing that some mathematical thinking is universal and timeless. The similarity of the ...

How Mathematics Happened: The First 50,000 Years 2007, Prometheus Books

ISBN-13: 9781591024774

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