Applying Mathematics

  • Peter Kahn
Part of the Palgrave Study Guides book series (PASTSK)


Imagine two ancient herdsmen bargaining with each other over an exchange of cattle. Who got the better deal would be a matter of poverty and riches. By representing concepts from the real world, such as ‘the size of a herd’, with mathematical ideas, such as ‘number’, our early ancestors were able to use mathematics to manage their environment.


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