Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Graham Flegg
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 216-227

About this book


A fascinating and well-illustrated account of the early history of counting, numerals and elementary calculation, this book will be of interest to all those studying History of Mathematics. It was originally part of a highly successful Open University course in History of Mathematics written with non-specialist students in mind, and so it will also provide useful background reading for many other disciplines as well as a valuable source of project work for Maths and History teachers. This edition contains new material on Ogham script, Cyrillic numerals and Sumerian mensuration, as well as a final section on the modern computer.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Graham Flegg
    • 1
  1. 1.Open UniversityUK

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