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Author:Ivars Peterson (MathLand)
Description: Abstract numbers are the product of a long cultural evolution. They also apparently played a crucial role in the development of writing in the Middle East. Indeed, numbers came before letters, contends archaeologist Denise Schmandt-Besserat of the University of Texas in Austin. In her book How Writing Came About, she describes the evidence and reasoning that led her to this conclusion.

Levels: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Articles
Math Topics: Number Sense/About Numbers, Communicating Math, Polyhedra, History and Biography

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