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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 ...more
Paperback, 214 pages
Published May 1st 1994 by CRC Press
(first published 1994)
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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...