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Number Words and Number Symbols: Cultural History of Numbers Hardcover – 1 Nov 1969

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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: MIT Press (Nov. 1969)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262130408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262130400
  • Package Dimensions: 26.7 x 18.8 x 3.6 cm
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"'It must have required many ages, ' Bertrand Russell once wrote, 'to discover that a brace of pheasants and a couple of days were both instances of the number 2.' "Number Words and Number Symbols, " by the late Karl W. Menninger, is a magnificent history of how mankind discovered numbers, invented a bewildering variety of ways to name, symbolize and manipulate them, and how those ways altered over the millennia."Menninger was a German mathematician of such panoramic interests and expository skill that he became one of his country's most widely read authors of nontechnical books on mathematics. This splendid translation of the revised 1958 edition of Menninger's most ambitious work is a beautiful volume. Its large pages are handsomely bound, carefully indexed, and enriched by 282 pictures, mostly photographs, that are as fascinating as the lively text itself."Menninger's story is a colorful mix of mathematics, linguistics and cultural anthropology."--Martin Gardner, "BookWorld" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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