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Perfect Figures: The Lore of Numbers and How We Learned to Count Bunny Crumpacker

Perfect Figures: The Lore of Numbers and How We Learned to Count

Bunny Crumpacker

Published
ISBN : 9780312386122
Paperback
288 pages
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 About the Book 

Since the beginning of civilization, numbers have been more than just a way to keep count. Beginning withOne (because Zero wasn’t created until after Nine), Perfect Figures tells the story of how each number came into existence, and relates some ofMoreSince the beginning of civilization, numbers have been more than just a way to keep count. Beginning with One (because Zero wasn’t created until after Nine), Perfect Figures tells the story of how each number came into existence, and relates some of the strange anecdotes in number history, such as:• A time when finger-counting was a sign of intelligence (the Venerable Bede could count to a million on his hands)• The medieval Algorists, who were burned at the stake for their use of Arabic rather than Roman numerals• The Bank of England, which stubbornly kept accounts on notched wooden sticks until 1826Filled with eloquent wit and surprising insight, Perfect Figures brings the history of numbers to life just as Bill Bryson did for the English language in The Mother Tongue.