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Growing Ideas of Number
The first book in The Emergence of Number series, Growing Ideas of Number explores the notion of how ideas of number have grown throughout history. It looks at how different types of number and views of numbers (and their meaning and applications) have varied across cultures over time, and combines historical, archaeological and psychological considerations with the mathematics.
The book illustrates some of the real problems and subtleties of number, including counting, calculation, measuring and using machines, which ancient and modern people have grappled with - and continue to grapple with today. It includes a range of illustrative examples, diagrams, tables and references for further reading, as well as suggested activities, exercises and investigations.