“Anthropologist Caleb Everett examines the seemingly limitless possibilities and innovations made possible by the evolution of number systems.”
Featured in Smithsonian’s Best Science Books of 2017.
Researchers claim that words, numbers and other symbols used for precise quantum, are just a couple of human inventions that had a wide impact on our behavioral and cognitive lives. And author Everett’s book “Numbers and the Making of Us: Counting and the Course of Human Cultures” is all about devising a theory related to the cultural conditions that have played a prime role in the evolution of numbers.
In this book, Everett highlights the importance of images and marks of hands that were found in the geriatric images, such as the Cosquer and Gargas cave paintings. He establishes the fact that these findings are more likely to provide the first known emblematic representation of quantitative information.
He studies the use of numerals in different cultures, from a wide variety of sources related to early human and non-human numerical apprehension.
Through a novel conflation of these findings, Numbers and the Making of Us proves that the relative invention and refinement of numbers across the vast cultures had an abstruse impact on the human condition.
This book sends out an impactful message, which the construction of more thorough numerical concepts is necessary for the development of various poignant cultural practices like writing and agriculture. In other words, Numbers and the Making of Us suggests that the cognitive tool that we call as numbers help to reshape the lives of most of the people.