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.
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).
- Describe and discuss the significance of finger and body counting.
- Summarize the history and explain the significance of tally sticks.
- Discuss the use of exchequer tallies in England.
- Describe the use of knots as numerals and explain their significance.
The Development of Counting Systems and Notations
Geographical Distribution of Counting Systems
History of Mathematics Module
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