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Riassunto: A comprehensive history of numbers and mathematics, in a three-volume set. Georges Ifrah, a maths teacher, gave up his job and travelled around the world to assemble a complete answer to the question, "Where do numbers come from?" This work covers the art and science of numeration from Magnon Man to the electronic spreadsheet; from Scandinavia to China, via the Classical World, Mesopotamia, the Arab lands, India and South America. Ifrah looks at the metric system, the binary system, all the methods, many of the false starts, and addresses the intriguing question: how did they manage all those centuries without a zero? The text is aided with figures and tables throughout.
Recensione: The title doesn't lie. Mathematician Georges Ifrah's masterpiece, The Universal History of Numbers, is a wonderfully comprehensive overview of numbers and counting spanning all the inhabited continents as far back in time as records will allow us to look. Beyond the ancient Babylonians, Sumerians, and Indians, Ifrah takes us farther south into Africa to examine an early decimal counting system and into ancient Mexico to reconstruct what we can of the Mayan calendar and numerical system. The 27 chapters are chiefly organized by culture, though there are some cross-cultural overviews of topics like letters and numbers.
The author's aim was grand: "to provide in simple and accessible terms the full and complete answer to all and any questions ... about the history of numbers and counting, from prehistory to the age of computers." This led him to wander the world for 10 years, studying and learning; this scholastic pilgrim has returned with amazing stories to tell. Toward the end of the book, Ifrah makes the book truly universal by refuting alien-intervention theories of cultural origins--surely our benefactors would have given us an efficient decimal counting system, zero and all, before helping us build pyramids and such. Such charming ideas, combined with such rigorously researched facts, make The Universal History of Numbers a uniquely important and fascinating volume. --Rob Lightner
Titolo: The Universal History of Numbers: "World's ...
Casa editrice: The Harvill Press
Data di pubblicazione: 2000
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro harvill press, London, 1998. Soft cover. Condizione libro: As New. translated by david bellos et al boxed set vol 1 the world's first number systems 698 pages vol 2 the modern number systems vol 1 and 2 1262 pages vol 3 the computer and the information revolution 410 pages box damaged. Codice libro della libreria 1070
Descrizione libro Paperback. Condizione libro: Fine. Codice libro della libreria GOR008124686
Descrizione libro The Harvill Press, 2000. Paperback. Condizione libro: Very Good. 186046792X MISSING box. Books only! Set of 3 trade paperbacks in like new condition. No creases. Again, missing the box. Codice libro della libreria 024127
Descrizione libro Random House, 2000. Paperback. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Slip Case. this set of 3 volumes encased in a clean unmarked slipcase are all in clean crisp unmarked condition. Codice libro della libreria T91
Descrizione libro The Harvill Press, 2000. Soft cover. Condizione libro: Near Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Three volume boxed set. The books and box are virtually as new, other than a small split to one of the lower corners of the box. Appear unread. Titles include "The Worlds First Number Systems", "The Modern Number System", and "The Computer and The Information Revolution". A history of counting and calculation from the Caveman to the Computer that adds up to the story of how the human race learned to think logically. RRP £50.00. Please note this is a heavy boxed set and additional postal and shipping charges will apply. Overseas buyers are requested to contact me before purchase for a quotation. Codice libro della libreria 004541
Descrizione libro The Harvill Press, 2000. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 186046792X
Descrizione libro The Harvill Press, 2000. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX186046792X
Descrizione libro The Harvill Press 2000, 2000. New paperback set. Slip case is bumped and split but books fine and unread. Codice libro della libreria A66550
Descrizione libro The Harvill Press London, 2000, 2000. Paperback. Fine in very good slipcase, which has a one inch tear to top corner. Please be aware that this set is very heavy and therefore extra postage will be requested. Codice libro della libreria A121928
Descrizione libro The Harvill Press 2000, 2000. New paperback set in slip case. Fine and unread For those of you who have read Georges Ifrah's first book, The Universal History of Numbers: From Prehistory to the Invention of the Computer, this is the third of a two-volume set! Just to clarify this, the first volume is being split into two and, together with this new third volume, republished as a trilogy. For those of you who have not read the first book, volume III begins with what could have been a very useful "Chronological Summary" and a "Recapitulation" of the ideas expressed in the first book. Unfortunately, without a preface or introduction, the unwary reader is immediately confronted with a very condensed version of the first book. Indeed, Ifrah's detailed study of number systems, when reduced to a series of illustrated plates, gives the impression that the history of numbers is little more than a history of typography. Yet another "Chronological Summary" from Calculation to Calculus follows, thereby reinforcing the feeling that the book is a collection of notes waiting to be crafted into a strong narrative. The translator, the unsung hero in many publications, has done sterling work in adding copious notes and helpful cross-references. The initial feeling remains, however, that this is a collection of jewels without a crown./ Having said that, the scope of the book is enormous, tracing the history of calculators and computers, from mechanical to electronic devices through both analogue and digital incarnations. There are some familiar faces, such as Pascal, Babbage, von Neumann and Turing, as well as many others who have so far escaped the spotlight. As a reference work it has a good index and an extensive bibliography. The author acknowledges regret at the lack of illustrations but gives references to such sources. In the search for universality and completeness it has, however, forsaken a strong guiding theme. The most engaging sections are where the mathematics, history and technology come together, bound by personal ambitions, whether intellectual or financial. In such sections Ifrah pauses from being a cataloguer to indulge in some story telling. It is here that the nuts and bolts of technology come to life. For teachers, students and researchers, this will prove to be a very useful starting point into a fascinating area of human innovation. But one would venture that this is a work destined for the library shelves rather than the bedside table. --Richard Mankiewicz/. Codice libro della libreria A110429