Home » Number: From Ancient Civilisations to the Computer by John Mcleish
Number: From Ancient Civilisations to the Computer John Mcleish

Number: From Ancient Civilisations to the Computer

John Mcleish

Published
ISBN : 9780006544845
Paperback
272 pages
Enter the sum

 About the Book 

Number reassesses conventional views of civilization. It seeks to challenge, provoke and fascinate as it takes the mystery out of the world of number. Ranging from prehistoric times through the worlds main civilizations, John McLeish demonstratesMoreNumber reassesses conventional views of civilization. It seeks to challenge, provoke and fascinate as it takes the mystery out of the world of number. Ranging from prehistoric times through the worlds main civilizations, John McLeish demonstrates that one of the main skills which marks out humans from animals is their ability to calculate. We visit the bed-chambers of the Chinese Emperor as his officials allocate his bed-mate according to a strict mathematical rota. We get to know the people who have shaped numbers - world famous mathematicians such as Pythagoras and Newton, and the lesser known Greek woman mathematician Hypatia who was martyred for her views on logic. The book also looks at the development of the computer and the people behind it, and reassesses todays society in terms of the numbers which rule our lives.