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3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  20 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
In this truly one-of-a-kind book, Ascher introduces the mathematical ideas of people in traditional, or "small-scale," cultures often omitted from discussion of mathematics. Topics such as "Numbers: Words and Symbols," "Tracing Graphs in the Sand," "The Logic of Kin Relations," "Chance and Strategy in Games and Puzzles," and "The Organization and Modeling of Space" are tra ...more
Paperback, 214 pages
Published May 1st 1994 by CRC Press (first published 1994)
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Jul 30, 2012 Megan rated it really liked it
Everyone who thinks that math is the 'universal language' should read this.
Dec 23, 2009 Tara rated it liked it
I enjoyed learning about ancient forms of math, and the way cultures used the materials around them to construct numerical guides (e.g., Incan quipus). Before the TI-83, there were symbols, graphs, and patterns, and their uses were just about as versatile as a Texas Instrument...
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