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Certain Ancient Number Systems

Joseph Mazur

in Enlightening Symbols: A Short History of Mathematical Notation and Its Hidden Powers

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691173375
eISBN:
9781400850112
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691173375.003.0002
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This chapter discusses ancient number systems, beginning with the Babylonian system. Almost every history of early Western mathematics begins with the Babylonian conception of number, a so-called ... More


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