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Finding zero : a mathematician's odyssey to uncover the origins of numbers, Amir D. Aczel
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 "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 socalled 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 socalled HinduArabic 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 zerothe keystone of our entire system of numberson a crumbling, vinecovered wall of a seventhcentury temple adorned with eatenaway 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 thieveswho finally reveal where our numbers come from. "
 Language
 eng
 Label
 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
 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 socalled 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 socalled HinduArabic 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 zerothe keystone of our entire system of numberson a crumbling, vinecovered wall of a seventhcentury temple adorned with eatenaway 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 thieveswho finally reveal where our numbers come from. "
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 Cataloging source
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 http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
 Aczel, Amir D
 Dewey number
 513.5
 Index
 index present
 LC call number
 QA141.2
 LC item number
 .A29 2015
 Literary form
 non fiction
 Nature of contents
 bibliography
 http://library.link/vocab/subjectName

 Numerals
 Zero (The number)
 MATHEMATICS / History & Philosophy
 SCIENCE / History
 Label
 Finding zero : a mathematician's odyssey to uncover the origins of numbers, Amir D. Aczel
 Bibliography note
 Includes bibliographical references (pages 231234) and index
 Carrier category
 volume
 Carrier MARC source
 rdacarrier
 Content category
 text
 Content type MARC source
 rdacontent
 Control code
 2014024462
 Dimensions
 22 cm
 Extent
 x, 242 pages
 Isbn
 9781137279842
 Isbn Type
 (hardback)
 Lccn
 2014024462
 Media category
 unmediated
 Media MARC source
 rdamedia
 Label
 Finding zero : a mathematician's odyssey to uncover the origins of numbers, Amir D. Aczel
 Bibliography note
 Includes bibliographical references (pages 231234) and index
 Carrier category
 volume
 Carrier MARC source
 rdacarrier
 Content category
 text
 Content type MARC source
 rdacontent
 Control code
 2014024462
 Dimensions
 22 cm
 Extent
 x, 242 pages
 Isbn
 9781137279842
 Isbn Type
 (hardback)
 Lccn
 2014024462
 Media category
 unmediated
 Media MARC source
 rdamedia
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