Growing Ideas of Number

Growing Ideas of Number

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This book explores the notion of how number ideas, and ideas of number, have grown from ancient to modern times throughout history. It looks at how different types of number and views of numbers (and their meaning and applications) have varied across cutures over time, and combines historical consideration with the mathematics. The book illustrates some of the real problems and subtleties of number, including counting, calculation, measuring and using machines, which ancient and modern people have grappled with - and continue to do so today.Thus a#39;vigintilliona#39; from the Latin for a#39;twentya#39;, viginta, means twenty blocks of three zeroes (000) after the initial 1000, and a#39;quintoquadrogintilliona#39; means forty-five, literally a#39;five and fortya#39;, such blocks. One purpose of these new names is to allowanbsp;...

Title:Growing Ideas of Number
Author: John N. Crossley
Publisher:Aust Council for Ed Research - 2007-01

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