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Children's Literature
When we use the word computing it conjures up images of hardware and software. Yet, the act of computing truly involves the manipulation of mathematical figures to derive meaning. Computing is in fact an ancient technology that mankind has been using for thousands of years. It is the study of human efforts to make both sense of and to use numbers that is handled in this work of nonfiction. The authors trace the evolution of mankind's efforts to solve mathematical problems. Readers may be surprised to learn that an ancient Egyptian mathematician wrote an algebra textbook almost 4000 years ago? Would you be surprised to know that people in the Middle East used math to measure land boundaries prior to 1400 BC? Did you know that our base ten system was derived from a numerical approach developed in India two thousand years ago? These and other fascinating facts related to mathematical history are presented in this text. All in all, this is a readable and informative study of mankind's ongoing fascination with and application of computation. 2000, Runestone Press, Ages 10 to 14, $25.26. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
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Gr 6-9-Accessible, clearly written series titles that look at the use of technology in early civilizations. The first book examines ancient methods of communication in the Middle East, India, China, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and the Americas. Discussions of paints and painting techniques, writing systems and writing paraphernalia, printing methods, and libraries are included. Computing discusses the methods of computation developed in various societies around the world, from prehistoric times to the Roman Empire. Chapters cover counting, number systems, measurement, and their applications. Construction describes buildings and structures and examines materials, methods, and tools of construction. Above-average, full-color photographs of sites and artifacts and reproductions enhance these solid presentations.-Paul Bielich, Northwestern High School, Detroit, MI Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822529972
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/2000
  • Series: Ancient Technology Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 88
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.41 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 0.72 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2008

    Funny, creapy, good

    the book was fairly good. it had some stuff thet i eally did not need to know about but the other info was verry helpfull .

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