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Looking for a book on the Invention of Numbers

  1. Sep 9, 2008 #1
    I'm reading a for dummies book right now and there is a short paragraph about the invention of numbers. I find it really interesting and I'm wondering if anyone knows of a good book that is written about the invetion of numbers?
     
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  3. Sep 10, 2008 #2
    I'd suggest "Number - the language of science" by Tobias Dantzig (p398). It's sort of a classic.
    It's not just on the invention of numbers but rather on the evolution of the concept of number from prehistoric till modern times. I found it full of interesting ideas.
     
  4. Sep 11, 2008 #3
    Thanx I really appreciate your reccomendation. It looks like a great book.


    I also found another book when I searched Amazon for "invention of numbers"


    This book came up and it also looks really good....



    "The Universal History of Numbers: From Prehistory to the Invention of the Computer"
    http://www.amazon.com/Universal-His...=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1221125892&sr=1-1
     
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