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Author Everett, Caleb, author.

Title Numbers and the making of us : counting and the course of human cultures / Caleb Everett.

Publication Info. Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2017.


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 LaSalle PL Adult Non Fiction - LSBB-3  513.2 EVE    AVAILABLE
 North Suburban PLD Roscoe Adult Non-Fiction - NSRY-11  513.2 EVE    AVAILABLE
 Woodstock PL Adult Non-Fiction - WOLY-11  513.211 EVE    AVAILABLE
Description viii, 297 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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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.-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Prologue: On the success of our species -- Part One. 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 Two. Worlds without numbers: Anumeric people today -- Quantities in the minds of young children -- Quantities in the minds of animals -- Part Three. Numbers and the shaping of our lives: Inventing numbers and arithmetic -- Numbers and culture: subsistence and symbolism -- Transformative tools.
Subject Numeration -- Cross-cultural studies.
Counting -- Cross-cultural studies.
Number concept.
Counting. (OCoLC)fst00881354
Number concept. (OCoLC)fst01041202
Numeration. (OCoLC)fst01041262
Kultur. (DE-588)4125698-0
Mensch. (DE-588)4038639-9
Nummernsystem. (DE-588)4279214-9
Zahlbegriff. (DE-588)4079441-6
Genre/Form Cross-cultural studies. (OCoLC)fst01423769
ISBN 9780674504431 (alk. paper)

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