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Reckonings : numerals, cognition, and history / Stephen Chrisomalis.

Author/Creator:
Chrisomalis, Stephen, 1974- author.
Publication:
Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2020]
Format/Description:
Book
xvii, 245 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Subjects:
Numeration -- History.
Number concept.
Number theory.
Form/Genre:
History.
Summary:
"An anthropological exploration of evolving number systems and how they are used, and eventually displace, by newer number systems"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Machine generated contents note: 1. I The limits of numerical cognition
Constraints against universals and particulars
Constraining infinity
Constraining spoken and written numbers
The 99% problem
Constraint, history, and cognition
2. II Conspicuous computation
Dynamic philology
Conspicuous computation
Roman numerals redux
Conclusion
3. III The decline and fall of the Roman numerals, I: Of screws and hammers
Evaluating the merits of numerical notations
Screws, hammers, and Roman numerals
Awareness and metanotational commentary
From awareness to causation
4. IV The decline and fall of the Roman numerals, II: Safety in numbers
Three kinds of frequency dependence
Networks and frequency in communication systems
Roman and Western numerals: A case study in frequency dependence
Conclusion
5. V Number crunching
Sequoyah's numerals
A quinary quandary
Outnumbering the Cherokee numerals
6. VI How to choose a number
Agency without variation
Blended modalities
Hybrid modalities
Parallel modalities
Code choice
Conclusion
7. VII To infinity and beyond?
Is your number system weird?
Is the past like the present?
Why is there no medieval anthropology?
What is the future of numeral systems?
What are the limits on human variation?.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9780262044639
0262044633
OCLC:
1145318851
Publisher Number:
99986102154