Counting Systems Questions

Choose ONE of the questions listed below and write at most three sides of A4 as an answer. Diagrams should be used wherever appropriate.

  1. Describe and discuss the significance of finger and body counting.

  2. Summarize the history and explain the significance of tally sticks.

  3. Discuss the use of exchequer tallies in England.

  4. Describe the use of knots as numerals and explain their significance.
Many of the books mentioned on the reading list in the Module Guide have relevant chapters - in particular "Number words and symbols" by K. Menninger and "Counting I" and Counting II" (Open University).

The Development of Counting Systems and Notations

Geographical Distribution of Counting Systems

History of Mathematics Module

Links to other History of Mathematics sites

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