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A universal history of numbers. I, II. Transl. from the French by Anne Falken, Guri Haarr, Margrethe Kvarenes and Svanhild Solløs. (All verdens tall. Tallenes kulturhistorie. I, II.) (Norwegian) Zbl 0933.01001
Oslo: Pax Forlag. 1284 p. (1997).
This is a Norwegian translation of the second French edition [Robert Laffont, Paris (1994)] of Ifrah’s well-known book. The second edition has been greatly expanded and revised. In particular, there is now a section concerning modern methods of computation and the discussions of ritual/cultural aspects of numbers has been extended. The book should continue to be a useful source for those trying to understand the origins of number systems, despite some of the criticisms that have been indicated in reviews of other versions. {The reviewer was only able to obtain a copy of the truncated English version [From one to zero. A universal history of numbers. Transl. from the French. New York: Viking Penguin Inc. (1985; Zbl 0589.01001)] for comparison}.
Reviewer: J.S.Joel (Kelly)
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01-02Research monographs (history)
01A05General histories, source books
11-03Historical (number theory)