The Resource Numbers and the making of us : counting and the course of human cultures, Caleb Everett

Numbers and the making of us : counting and the course of human cultures, Caleb Everett

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Numbers and the making of us : counting and the course of human cultures
Title
Numbers and the making of us
Title remainder
counting and the course of human cultures
Statement of responsibility
Caleb Everett
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Language
eng
Summary
Numbers and the Making of Us examines the origins and effects of numbers--words and other symbols for quantities. It focuses on the influence that numbers have had on human thought. As a result of this influence, the book claims, numbers transformed the human narrative. This transformation is supported by data from many disciplines: archaeology, linguistics, psychology, and primatology. The book surveys the types of number systems that have been innovated independently in languages around the world, most of which (like our own decimal system) owe themselves in one way or another to the shape of our hands. Furthermore, the book examines evidence from anumeric humans, such as those the author has conducted research with in Amazonia, as it advances the following claim: Numbers served as a pivotal cognitive invention, an underappreciated tool whose usage ultimately resulted in the societies most of us now live in. In short, the book suggests that verbal and written numbers served as a cognitive foundation of sorts, helping to establish the ground floor of all sorts of distinctly human behaviors. These include elaborate agriculture, writing, the telling of time, and many other aspects of the human experience that are all ultimately dependent on the simple invention of numbers.--
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Everett, Caleb
Dewey number
513.2/11
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QA141
LC item number
.E94 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Numeration
  • Counting
  • Number concept
  • Counting
  • Number concept
  • Numeration
Label
Numbers and the making of us : counting and the course of human cultures, Caleb Everett
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Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: On the success of our species -- Part 1. Numbers pervade the human experience: Numbers woven into our present -- Numbers carved into our past -- A numerical journey around the world today -- Beyond number words: other kinds of numeric language -- Part 2. Worlds without numbers: Anumeric people today -- Quantities in the minds of young children -- Quantities in the minds of animals -- Part 3. Numbers and the shaping of our lives: Inventing numbers and arithmetic -- Numbers and culture: subsistence and symbolism -- Transformative tools
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
viii, 297 pages
Isbn
9780674504431
Lccn
2016035929
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 1546128
  • 1521135
  • (OCoLC)956775403
  • 1500151
  • (OCoLC)ocn956775403
Label
Numbers and the making of us : counting and the course of human cultures, Caleb Everett
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: On the success of our species -- Part 1. Numbers pervade the human experience: Numbers woven into our present -- Numbers carved into our past -- A numerical journey around the world today -- Beyond number words: other kinds of numeric language -- Part 2. Worlds without numbers: Anumeric people today -- Quantities in the minds of young children -- Quantities in the minds of animals -- Part 3. Numbers and the shaping of our lives: Inventing numbers and arithmetic -- Numbers and culture: subsistence and symbolism -- Transformative tools
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
viii, 297 pages
Isbn
9780674504431
Lccn
2016035929
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 1546128
  • 1521135
  • (OCoLC)956775403
  • 1500151
  • (OCoLC)ocn956775403

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