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By Bunny Crumpacker

Since the start of civilization, numbers were greater than only a approach to continue count number. Perfect Figures tells the tales of how each quantity got here to be and what superb institutions and superstitions were connected to them ever since. Along the way in which are some of the good oddities of numbers' previous as:
-a time when finger-counting used to be an indication of intelligence (the Venerable Bede could count to 1000000 on his hands)
-the medieval Algorists, who have been burnt on the stake for his or her use of Arabic rather than Roman numerals
-the financial institution of britain, which stubbornly stored accounts on notched wooden sticks until eventually 1826
Filled with Crumpacker's eloquent wit and wide intelligence, Perfect Figures brings the historical past of numbers to lifestyles simply as invoice Bryson did for the English language in The mom Tongue.

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