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The Resource Finding zero : a mathematician's odyssey to uncover the origins of numbers, Amir D. Aczel

Finding zero : a mathematician's odyssey to uncover the origins of numbers, Amir D. Aczel

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Finding zero : a mathematician's odyssey to uncover the origins of numbers
Title
Finding zero
Title remainder
a mathematician's odyssey to uncover the origins of numbers
Statement of responsibility
Amir D. Aczel
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
"The invention of numerals is perhaps the greatest abstraction the human mind has ever created. Virtually everything in our lives is digital, numerical, or quantified. The story of how and where we got these numerals, which we so depend on, has for thousands of years been shrouded in mystery. Finding Zero is an adventure filled saga of Amir Aczel's lifelong obsession: to find the original sources of our numerals. Aczel has doggedly crisscrossed the ancient world, scouring dusty, moldy texts, cross examining so-called scholars who offered wildly differing sets of facts, and ultimately penetrating deep into a Cambodian jungle to find a definitive proof. Here, he takes the reader along for the ride. The history begins with the early Babylonian cuneiform numbers, followed by the later Greek and Roman letter numerals. Then Aczel asks the key question: where do the numbers we use today, the so-called Hindu-Arabic numerals, come from? It is this search that leads him to explore uncharted territory, to go on a grand quest into India, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and ultimately into the wilds of Cambodia. There he is blown away to find the earliest zero--the keystone of our entire system of numbers--on a crumbling, vine-covered wall of a seventh-century temple adorned with eaten-away erotic sculptures. While on this odyssey, Aczel meets a host of fascinating characters: academics in search of truth, jungle trekkers looking for adventure, surprisingly honest politicians, shameless smugglers, and treacherous archaeological thieves--who finally reveal where our numbers come from. "--
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Dewey number
513.5
Index
no index present
LC call number
QA141.2
LC item number
.A29 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Finding zero : a mathematician's odyssey to uncover the origins of numbers, Amir D. Aczel
Link
http://www.netread.com/jcusers2/bk1388/842/9781137279842/image/lgcover.9781137279842.jpg
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages )
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volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1573025
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
x. 242 pages
Isbn
9781137279842
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014024462
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1573025
  • (Sirsi) 1573025
  • (OCoLC)881041966
Label
Finding zero : a mathematician's odyssey to uncover the origins of numbers, Amir D. Aczel
Link
http://www.netread.com/jcusers2/bk1388/842/9781137279842/image/lgcover.9781137279842.jpg
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages )
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1573025
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
x. 242 pages
Isbn
9781137279842
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014024462
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1573025
  • (Sirsi) 1573025
  • (OCoLC)881041966

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