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Number Words and Number Symbols: A Cultural History of Numbers

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'The historian of mathematics will find much to interest him here . . . while the casual reader is likely to be intrigued by the author's superior narrative ability." — Library Journal
This book is not only a fascinating introduction to the concept of number and to numbers themselves, hut a multifaceted linguistic and historical analysis of how numbers have developed and ev
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Paperback, 510 pages
Published November 24th 2011 by Dover Publications (first published September 15th 1977)
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By having read this book, I know, for instance, how some Chinese words are written, where some of common Dutch proverbs come from, how to bugger my friends with riddles they will most likely never be able to solve. Not to mention it can teach you to count in every significant language, both dead and alive. Number Words and Number Symbols can be a dense read at times, but it is a veritable treasure box of knowledge.
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Karl Augustus Menninger (July 22, 1893 – July 18, 1990) was an American psychiatrist and a member of the Menninger family of psychiatrists who founded the Menninger Foundation and the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas.
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