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Mathematics of the Incas: Code of the Quipu (Dover Books on Mathematics) Marcia Ascher

Mathematics of the Incas: Code of the Quipu (Dover Books on Mathematics)

Marcia Ascher

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The present book is based on a firsthand study of actual quipus, spatial arrays of colored knotted cords, that survived the destruction of the Inca civilization.Written by a mathematician and an anthropologist, this book acquaints the reader with theMoreThe present book is based on a firsthand study of actual quipus, spatial arrays of colored knotted cords, that survived the destruction of the Inca civilization.Written by a mathematician and an anthropologist, this book acquaints the reader with the cultural context of the quipus, the problem of interpreting artifacts from another culture, and the place of the quipu-maker in Inca culture. Although no previous mathematical knowledge is assumed, the reader is introduced to the mathematical ideas embedded in the quipus and learns how to make a quipu.Enhanced with over 125 illustrations, this unusual and thought-provoking study will interest mathematicians, historians, anthropologists, archeologists and student of folk art with its unique perspective on the way in which pieces of colored string serve to embody a rich, logical, numerical tradition and are, ultimately, a metaphor for the civilization that created them.