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How Mathematics Happened: The First 50,000 Years

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In this fascinating discussion of ancient mathematics, author Peter Rudman does not just chronicle the archeological record of what mathematics was done; he digs deeper into the more important question of why it was done in a particular way. Why did the Egyptians use a bizarre method of expressing fractions? Why did the Babylonians use an awkward number system based on mul ...more
Hardcover, 291 pages
Published October 2nd 2006 by Prometheus Books
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Robert
This book is a weird concoction: popular maths and archaeology? It could be unique...

It tells the (pre)(hi)story of mathematics from the days of Neolithic hunter-gatherers to the timeof the famous ancient Greek mathematicians, such as Pythagoras. This means working with very limited data and there are a lot of assumptions, suppositions and intuitions filling in the gaps between the data. Of course that is the nature of all archaeology, which is, after all, the task of reconstructing a culture fr
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MikeFromQueens
Pretty good dive into the the history of mathematics. Entertaining at times and easy to follow.
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