The origin of numbers

Levy, Tony
November 1993
UNESCO Courier;Nov93, Vol. 46 Issue 11, p9
Examines the origins of `numbering,' organizing and putting in order the real world and our ideas about it. Strong similarity in some languages between words meaning `count' and words meaning `tell'; Stability of the numerical facility a given language uses for numbers; Ordering, combining and counting; Counting systems, writing systems and alphabets; Decimal positional numeration system developed in India.


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