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Why Math? pp 156-169 | Cite as

Binary Arithmetic

  • R. D. Driver
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Part of the Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics book series (UTM)

Abstract

Thousands of years before recorded history, herdskeepers kept track of their cattle or sheep by means of notches on a “tally stick.” More efficient notations for the concepts “one,” “two,” “three,” were developed by the ancient Egyptians, Romans, Chinese, and others. And these eventually evolved into the familiar decimal notation.

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. D. Driver
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of Rhode IslandKingstonUSA

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