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5.0 out of 5 stars Linguistics, Anthropology, Cryptanalysis of old systems, etc, 23 Jun 2001
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This review is from: The Universal History of Numbers (Paperback)
People who like algorithms but hate equations will find this book a useful accessory to creative research in a variety of fields. It was a relief that the author accomplished an informative book that isn't boring or steeped in eurocentrism or political correctness.
This book is on par with "Godel, Escher, Bach" in terms of richness and it's more holistic approach, although not nearly as funny. (No fables about exploding record players amongst talking animals!) Math teachers of all levels wishing to convey to their students the CULTURAL ties to math will be rewarded by acquiring this book. As a student who hated math until my last year of college, I intend to give this book to my college Trigonometry teacher as a thank-you for her introducing me to the richness of applied mathematics. I especially like the full index in this book and also the glossary of Indian terms.
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