History of Numerals and Counting: Bibliography
Date: 11/18/96 at 13:13:51 From: Chicago City Day School Subject: Swahili System of Measurement Dear Dr. Math, I am trying to do a project on different systems of measurements. I cannot find a copy of the book _Africa Counts_ by Claudia Zaslavsky. Is there any site on the net where I can get this information? I have tried using Altavista, Metawebcrawler and Yahoo. Thank you, Ellen Harding, Mrs. Beadles, and Mrs. Silverman
Date: 11/19/96 at 14:30:41 From: Doctor Jodi Subject: Re: Swahili System of Measurement Hi there! This is really a great topic and I hope you're able to find more information about it. Have you tried asking your local librarian about an inter-library loan? Given a few weeks, they can borrow almost any book that ANY library owns. My searches didn't turn up any information on the Internet, but I did find a bibliograhy (which follows) at: http://aleph0.clarku.edu/~djoyce/mathhist/numerals.html Perhaps you can find one of the books listed. A lot of newer popular math books also discuss how we think counting began, so if you don't need too much information, maybe that would be a good place to start. Here are some other books which might help. A lot of these are geared toward adults and some may assume some math background. One I've looked at and liked is called _From One to Zero: A Universal History of Numbers_, by Georges Ifrah. Here's the rest of the list: ------------------------------- History of Numerals and Counting Bibliography Blohm, Hans, Stafford Beer, and David Suzuki. _Pebbles to Computers: the Thread_. Oxford University Press, Toronto, 1986. Cajori, Florian (1859-1930). _A History of Mathematical Notations_. Two volumes. Chelsea, New York, 1928. Clawson, Calvin C. _The Mathematical Traveler: Exploring the Grand History of Numbers_. Plenum Press, New York, 1994. Closs, Michael F. (editor). _Native American Mathematics_. University of Texas Press, Austin, 1986. Conant, Levi Leonard. _The Number Concept, its Origin and Development_. Macmillan, New York, 1896, 1923. Crump, Thomas. _The Anthropology of Numbers_. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1990. Dantzig, Tobias (1884-1956). _Number: The Language of Science_. Macmillan, New York, 1930. De Villiers, Melius. _The Numeral-Words, Their Origin, Meaning, History and Lesson_. Witherby, London, 1923. Flegg, Graham, editor. _Numbers Through the Ages_. Macmillan, 1989. Glaser, Anton. _History of Binary and Other Nondecimal Numeration_ Tomash, Los Angeles, 1981. Gvozdanovic, Jadranka, editor. _Indo-European Numerals_. de Gruyter, Berlin-New York, 1992. Reveiw: Historia Mathematica 20 (1993), 99-103. Head, B. V. _Historia Numorum_. Hill, George Francis (1867-1948). _The Development of Arabic Numerals in Europe_. Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1915. Hurford, J. R. _The Linguistic Theory of Numerals_. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1975. _Language and Number_. Blackwell, Oxford, 1987. Ifrah, Georges. _From One to Zero: A Universal History of Numbers_. Translated by Lowell Bair. Viking, New York, 1985. Leechamn, J. D. and M. R. Harrington. _String Records of the Northwest_. Indian Notes and Monographs, 1921. Locke, L. Leland. _The Ancient Quipu or Peruvian Knot Record_. American Museum of Natural History, 1923. Loffler, Eugen. _Ziffern und Ziffernsysteme_. Leipzig, 1919. McLeish, John. _The Story of Numbers_. Fawcett Columbine, New York, 1991. Menninger, Karl. Zahlwort und Ziffer. _Eine Kulturgeschichte der Zahl_. Two volumes. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Gottingen, 1957. Translated as _Number Words and Number Symbols: A Cultural History of Numbers_. MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1969. Schmandt-Besseart, Denise. _Before Writing_. Two Volumes. Univ. Texas Press, Austin, 1992. Scriba, Christoph J. _The Concept of Number_. Bibliographisches Institut, Mannheim-Zurich, 1968. Sethe, Kurt. _Von Zahlen und Zahlworten beiden alten Aegypten_. Strassburg, 1916. Smeltzer, Donald. _Man and Number_. Emerson Books, New York, 1959. Smith, David Eugene and Jekuthiel Ginsberg. _Numbers and Numerals_. Columbia University, New York, 1937. Smith, David Eugene and L. C. Karpinski. _The Hindu-Arabic Numerals_. Ginn, Boston, 1911. Tod, Marcus Niebuhr. _Ancient Greek Numerical Systems_. Ares Publishers, Chicago, 1979. Zaslavsky, C. _Africa Counts: Number and Pattern in African Culture_. Prindle, Weber & Schmidt, Boston, 1973. You also might be interested in looking at the abacus web site at: http://www.ee.ryerson.ca:8080/~elf/abacus/ Best luck with your project and let us know if you need more help. -Doctor Jodi, The Math Forum Check out our web site! http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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