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The Anthropology of Numbers

The Anthropology of Numbers

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology

  • Date Published: October 1992
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521438070

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  • Numbers are an important feature of almost all known cultures. In this detailed anthropological study, Thomas Crump examines how people from a wide range of diverse cultures, and from different historical backgrounds, use and understand numbers. By looking at the logical, psychological and linguistic implications, he analyses how numbers operate within different contexts. The author goes on to consider the relationship of numbers to specific themes, such as ethnoscience, politics, measurement, time, money, music, games and architecture. The Anthropology of Numbers is an original contribution to scholarship, written in a clear and accessible style. It will be of interest to anthropologists who study cognition, symbolism, primitive thought and classification, and to those in adjacent disciplines of psychology, cognitive science and mathematical social science.

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    'The book makes a lively, well-informed, and thoroughly unconventional contribution to its subject … it should and will be read by any with an interest in this branch of anthropology.' R. H. Barnes, Anthropos

    'Crump has soothed, stimulated, and occasionally transported me in the contemplation of numbers and mysteries.' Eric Korn, The London Review of Books

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    • Date Published: October 1992
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521438070
    • length: 212 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 150 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.31kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    1. The ontology of number
    2. The cognitive foundations of numeracy
    3. Number and language
    4. Cosmology, society and politics
    5. Economy, society and politics
    6. Measurement, comparison and equivalence
    7. Time
    8. Money
    9. Music poetry and dance
    10. Games and chance
    11. Art and architecture
    12. The ecology of number
    Notes
    References
    Index.

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    Thomas Crump

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