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"I had always been a bit of a maverick," writes Daphne Phelps, looking back on why--at the age of 34--when she unexpectedly inherited a grand house in Taormina, Sicily, she gave up her profession in London, left behind her ordered life with its museums, theater, family and friends, and embarked on a life-long adventure. Reading her intriguing memoir, one is glad Phelps chose the unconventional path: after inheriting her uncle's Casa Cuseni with its terraced gardens and staggering views of Mt. Etna, she struggles to make ends meet, but instead of selling the estate, opens its doors to a steady stream of paying guests and visitors--many of them artists, writers, and intellectuals.
Inheriting an estate in Italy in 1947 isn't quite like winning the lottery, it turns out. In short sketches, Phelps reminisces about stepping into small-town Sicilian life, war-weary, speaking very little Italian, and even more scandalous, being unmarried. With her no-nonsense British humor, she recounts the typical conversation with men, young and old:
"Are you married?"
"No."
"When are you going to get married?"
"Chi lo sa--who knows?'"
And then, "Why aren't you married?"
Settling into daily life at Casa Cuseni, Phelps dons boots and digs into the garden, rolls up her sleeves and cleans the baroque carvings over the salon fireplace, and learns to manage the property and its full-time staff. As she points out in the book's conclusion, for more than 50 years now, house-related problems have kept her on her toes--those, and her amazingly devoted servant, cook, and even the local Mafia don, whom she all describes with more than a little condescension in a series of deft portraits. While Phelps's cynicism can be a bit hard to take when she's serving up her servants, she is, perhaps, at her best when telling stories about her famous houseguests: Bertrand Russell, Henry Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, even Roald Dahl. Some were charming, some were horrid. But the visitors came from 26 countries, with friends introducing their friends. Around the dining room table and in this volume Phelps has mixed people who in "normal life would be unlikely to meet." It is this Sicilian menagerie--anchored to a singular place and time, and viewed through a British prism--that makes Phelps's life story so worth the telling. --Kimberly Brown
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This book masterfully illustrates the life course of numbers, taking the reader on a walk through a museum of historical artifacts, manuscripts, and works of art. The authors recount how numbers lived in now extinct civilizations, with photographs of archaeological remains, Roman coins, preromanic manuscripts, incunabula; how people learned to use numbers to count, showing Renaissance mercantile arithmetic books; and how numbers evolved into the Western counting system that we use today, with the first recorded usage of the current arithmetic symbols. The authors explore not only the history and use of numbers, but also the physical shape of numbers assumed in writing, including their life at the printing presses at the height of the Renaissance, and in prints of Leonardo da Vinci and Durero, typographical designs, and both celestial and terrestrial maps.
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A brilliant follow-up to a landmark international bestseller
"Suppose every instrument could by command or by anticipation of need execute its function on its own; suppose that spindles could weave of their own accord, and plectra strike the strings of zithers by themselves; then craftsmen would have no need of hand-work, and masters have no need of slaves." Aristotle Called the Indiana Jones of arithmetic, Georges Ifrah embarked in 1974 on a ten-year quest to discover where numbers come from and what they say about us. His first book, the highly praised Universal History of Numbers, drew from this remarkable journey, presented the first complete account of the invention and evolution of numbers the world overand became an international bestseller. In The Universal History of Computing, Ifrah continues his exhilarating exploration into the fascinating world of numbers. In this fun, engaging but no less learned book, he traces the development of computing from the invention of the abacus to the creation of the binary system three centuries ago to the incredible conceptual, scientific, and technical achievements that made the first modern computers possible. He shows us how various cultures, scientists, and industries across the world struggled to break free of the tedious labor of mental calculation and, as a result, he reveals the evolution of the human mind. Evoking the excitement and joy that accompanied the grand mathematical undertakings throughout history, Ifrah takes us along as he revisits a multitude of cultures, from Roman times and the Chinese Common Era to twentieth-century England and America. We meet mathematicians, visionaries, philosophers, and scholars from every corner of the world and from every period of history. We witness the dead ends and regressions in the computers development, as well as the advances and illuminating discoveries. We learn about the births of the pocket calculator, the adding machine, the cash register, and even automata. We find out how the origins of the computer can be found in the European Renaissance, along with how World War II influenced the development of analytical calculation. And we explore such hot topics as numerical codes and the recent discovery of new kinds of number systems, such as "surreal" numbers. Adventurous and enthralling, The Universal History of Computing is an astonishing achievement that not only unravels the epic tale of computing, but also tells the compelling story of human intelligenceand how much farther we still have to go.
GEORGES IFRAH is an independent scholar and former math teacher. E. F. Harding, the primary translator, is a statistician and mathematician who has taught at Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and Cambridge Universities. SOPHIE WOOD, cotranslator, is a specialist in technical translation from French. Ian Monk, cotranslator, has translated the works of Georges Perec and Daniel Pennac. ELIZABETH CLEGG, cotranslator, is also an interpreter who has worked on a number of government and international agency projects. Guido Waldman, cotranslator, has translated several classic literary works.
In this engaging successor to The Universal History of Numbers, youll discover the entire story of the calculation of yesteryear and the computation of today. From the invention of the abacus to the creation of the binary system three centuries ago to the conceptual, scientific, and technical achievements that made the earliest computers possible, highly acclaimed author and mathematician Georges Ifrah provides an illuminating glimpse into humankinds greatest intellectual tale: the story of computing.
PRAISE FOR GEORGES IFRAHS The Universal History of Numbers
"Georges Ifrah is the man. This book, quite simply, rules. . . . It is outstanding . . . a mind-boggling and enriching experience." The Guardian (London)
"Monumental . . . a fascinating journey taking us through many different cultures."The Times (London)
"Ifrahs book amazes and fascinates by the scope of its scholarship. It is nothing less than the history of the human race told through figures."International Herald Tribune
"Dazzling."Kirkus Reviews
"Sure to transfix readers."Publishers Weekly
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For those of you who have read Georges Ifrah's first book, The Universal History of Numbers: From Prehistory to the Invention of the Computer, this is the third of a two-volume set! Just to clarify this, the first volume is being split into two and, together with this new third volume, republished as a trilogy. For those of you who have not read the first book, volume III begins with what could have been a very useful "Chronological Summary" and a "Recapitulation" of the ideas expressed in the first book. Unfortunately, without a preface or introduction, the unwary reader is immediately confronted with a very condensed version of the first book. Indeed, Ifrah's detailed study of number systems, when reduced to a series of illustrated plates, gives the impression that the history of numbers is little more than a history of typography. Yet another "Chronological Summary" from Calculation to Calculus follows, thereby reinforcing the feeling that the book is a collection of notes waiting to be crafted into a strong narrative. The translator, the unsung hero in many publications, has done sterling work in adding copious notes and helpful cross-references. The initial feeling remains, however, that this is a collection of jewels without a crown.
Having said that, the scope of the book is enormous, tracing the history of calculators and computers, from mechanical to electronic devices through both analogue and digital incarnations. There are some familiar faces, such as Pascal, Babbage, von Neumann and Turing, as well as many others who have so far escaped the spotlight. As a reference work it has a good index and an extensive bibliography. The author acknowledges regret at the lack of illustrations but gives references to such sources. In the search for universality and completeness it has, however, forsaken a strong guiding theme. The most engaging sections are where the mathematics, history and technology come together, bound by personal ambitions, whether intellectual or financial. In such sections Ifrah pauses from being a cataloguer to indulge in some story telling. It is here that the nuts and bolts of technology come to life. For teachers, students and researchers, this will prove to be a very useful starting point into a fascinating area of human innovation. But one would venture that this is a work destined for the library shelves rather than the bedside table. --Richard Mankiewicz
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The title doesn't lie. Mathematician Georges Ifrah's masterpiece, The Universal History of Numbers, is a wonderfully comprehensive overview of numbers and counting spanning all the inhabited continents as far back in time as records will allow us to look. Beyond the ancient Babylonians, Sumerians, and Indians, Ifrah takes us farther south into Africa to examine an early decimal counting system and into ancient Mexico to reconstruct what we can of the Mayan calendar and numerical system. The 27 chapters are chiefly organized by culture, though there are some cross-cultural overviews of topics like letters and numbers.
The author's aim was grand: "to provide in simple and accessible terms the full and complete answer to all and any questions ... about the history of numbers and counting, from prehistory to the age of computers." This led him to wander the world for 10 years, studying and learning; this scholastic pilgrim has returned with amazing stories to tell. Toward the end of the book, Ifrah makes the book truly universal by refuting alien-intervention theories of cultural origins--surely our benefactors would have given us an efficient decimal counting system, zero and all, before helping us build pyramids and such. Such charming ideas, combined with such rigorously researched facts, make The Universal History of Numbers a uniquely important and fascinating volume. --Rob Lightner
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A comprehensive history of numbers and mathematics, in a three-volume set. Georges Ifrah, a maths teacher, gave up his job and travelled around the world to assemble a complete answer to the question, "Where do numbers come from?" This work covers the art and science of numeration from Magnon Man to the electronic spreadsheet; from Scandinavia to China, via the Classical World, Mesopotamia, the Arab lands, India and South America. Ifrah looks at the metric system, the binary system, all the methods, many of the false starts, and addresses the intriguing question: how did they manage all those centuries without a zero? The text is aided with figures and tables throughout.
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For those of you who have read Georges Ifrah's first book, The Universal History of Numbers: From Prehistory to the Invention of the Computer, this is the third of a two-volume set! Just to clarify this, the first volume is being split into two and, together with this new third volume, republished as a trilogy. For those of you who have not read the first book, volume III begins with what could have been a very useful "Chronological Summary" and a "Recapitulation" of the ideas expressed in the first book. Unfortunately, without a preface or introduction, the unwary reader is immediately confronted with a very condensed version of the first book. Indeed, Ifrah's detailed study of number systems, when reduced to a series of illustrated plates, gives the impression that the history of numbers is little more than a history of typography. Yet another "Chronological Summary" from Calculation to Calculus follows, thereby reinforcing the feeling that the book is a collection of notes waiting to be crafted into a strong narrative. The translator, the unsung hero in many publications, has done sterling work in adding copious notes and helpful cross-references. The initial feeling remains, however, that this is a collection of jewels without a crown.
Having said that, the scope of the book is enormous, tracing the history of calculators and computers, from mechanical to electronic devices through both analogue and digital incarnations. There are some familiar faces, such as Pascal, Babbage, von Neumann and Turing, as well as many others who have so far escaped the spotlight. As a reference work it has a good index and an extensive bibliography. The author acknowledges regret at the lack of illustrations but gives references to such sources. In the search for universality and completeness it has, however, forsaken a strong guiding theme. The most engaging sections are where the mathematics, history and technology come together, bound by personal ambitions, whether intellectual or financial. In such sections Ifrah pauses from being a cataloguer to indulge in some story telling. It is here that the nuts and bolts of technology come to life. For teachers, students and researchers, this will prove to be a very useful starting point into a fascinating area of human innovation. But one would venture that this is a work destined for the library shelves rather than the bedside table. --Richard Mankiewicz
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This book not only records the history of counting and calculating, it is also the story of how the human race learnt to think logically.This is volume 1 of a three volume work and it takes us through the art of numeration as it has developed all over the world.It ends up by revealing the beginnings of what would become the modern numbering system,which is the subject of Volume 2.
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334pages. 24x15x2cm. Broché.
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Editeur : Robert Laffont Date de parution : 1994 Description : In-8, 1000 pages par tome, occasion, très bon état Envois quotidiens du mardi au samedi. Les commandes sont adressées sous enveloppes bulles de marque Mail Lite. Photos supplémentaires sur simple demande. Réponses aux questions dans les 12h00. Merci. Please let us know if you have any questions. Thanks
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Des années durant, Georges Ifrah s'est plongé dans une quête aussi folle que celle du Graal pour comprendre d'où venaient les chiffres. De ses recherches, il a tiré un ouvrage exceptionnel, illustré par plus de 16 000 calligraphies, tableaux et documents. Cette encyclopédie raconte en termes accessibles toute l'histoire des chiffres et apporte de nouvelles lumières, non seulement à l'épopée du calcul (dont les principales étapes sont retracées, des cailloux à l'ordinateur), mais encore à des domaines aussi éloignés que l'histoire des religions et des mystiques. Outre les détails concernant Égyptiens, Babyloniens, Juifs, Mayas, Arabes ou Chinois, on y trouvera aussi un véritable Dictionnaire des symboles numériques de la civilisation indienne : le premier du genre à explorer les détours de l'imaginaire symbolique propre à la pensée numérique indienne, qui permettra de mieux cerner les circonstances exceptionnelles philosophiques, mystiques, religieuses et même mythologiques qui ont conduit cette brillante culture à la découverte capitale de notre zéro.
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Des années durant, Georges Ifrah s'est plongé dans une quête aussi folle que celle du Graal pour comprendre d'où venaient les chiffres. De ses recherches, il a tiré un ouvrage exceptionnel, illustré par plus de 16 000 calligraphies, tableaux et documents. Cette encyclopédie raconte en termes accessibles toute l'histoire des chiffres et apporte de nouvelles lumières, non seulement à l'épopée du calcul (dont les principales étapes sont retracées, des cailloux à l'ordinateur), mais encore à des domaines aussi éloignés que l'histoire des religions et des mystiques. Outre les détails concernant Égyptiens, Babyloniens, Juifs, Mayas, Arabes ou Chinois, on y trouvera aussi un véritable Dictionnaire des symboles numériques de la civilisation indienne : le premier du genre à explorer les détours de l'imaginaire symbolique propre à la pensée numérique indienne, qui permettra de mieux cerner les circonstances exceptionnelles philosophiques, mystiques, religieuses et même mythologiques qui ont conduit cette brillante culture à la découverte capitale de notre zéro.
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Des années durant, Georges Ifrah s'est plongé dans une quête aussi folle que celle du Graal pour comprendre d'où venaient les chiffres. De ses recherches, il a tiré un ouvrage exceptionnel, illustré par plus de 16 000 calligraphies, tableaux et documents. Cette encyclopédie raconte en termes accessibles toute l'histoire des chiffres et apporte de nouvelles lumières, non seulement à l'épopée du calcul (dont les principales étapes sont retracées, des cailloux à l'ordinateur), mais encore à des domaines aussi éloignés que l'histoire des religions et des mystiques. Outre les détails concernant Égyptiens, Babyloniens, Juifs, Mayas, Arabes ou Chinois, on y trouvera aussi un véritable Dictionnaire des symboles numériques de la civilisation indienne : le premier du genre à explorer les détours de l'imaginaire symbolique propre à la pensée numérique indienne, qui permettra de mieux cerner les circonstances exceptionnelles philosophiques, mystiques, religieuses et même mythologiques qui ont conduit cette brillante culture à la découverte capitale de notre zéro.
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