"An anthropological exploration of evolving number systems and how they are used, and eventually displace, by newer number systems"-- Provided by publisher.
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?.