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Reckonings by Stephen Chrisomalis
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Reckonings by Stephen Chrisomalis
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Dec 15, 2020 | ISBN 9780262044639

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“For a fresh account of the hows and whys of evolving number systems over the past 5500 years and on into the future, here’s a book by cognitive anthropologist Stephen Chrisomalis. His threefold approach in Reckonings is to examine number with respect to structure, purpose, and transience, and in doing so, he cautiously avoids overgeneralizing, ever mindful that the Latin maxim exceptio probat regulam ought to be translated as ‘the exception probes the rule.’ Thus, Chrisomalis habitually inserts curious richness into his narrative.”—The Mathematical Intelligencer

“Stephen Chrisomalis has written a compelling and thoroughly entertaining account of how numbers came to be used and represented. [. . . ] I strongly recommend this book for readers interested in the broad sweep of human history from an information lens. [. . . ] Reckonings serves as an enlightening example of how the fundamentals of information cannot be understood by a single discipline.”—Information & Culture

Table Of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction: three reckonings
Note: On “Western numerals”
1 / I The limits of numerical cognition
2 / II Conspicuous computation
3 / III The decline and fall of the Roman numerals, I: Of screws and hammers
4 / IV The decline and fall of the Roman numerals, II: Safety in numbers
5 / V Number crunching
6 / VI How to choose a number
7 / VII To infinity and beyond?
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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