This is a quick history of numbers It tells how numbers have evolved and become what we use today It gives the ordinary, everyday math user a nice sense of what has gone into what we term Mathematics today I found it interesting and easy to read and understand There are documents in the back of the book that give ain depth look at a few parts of number history I was especially intrigued by the explanation of infinity and how the idea came to be Finite is defined by infinite Some of This is a quick history of numbers It tells how numbers have evolved and become what we use today It gives the ordinary, everyday math user a nice sense of what has gone into what we term Mathematics today I found it interesting and easy to read and understand There are documents in the back of the book that give ain depth look at a few parts of number history I was especially intrigued by the explanation of infinity and how the idea came to be Finite is defined by infinite Some of the ideas presented are a bit mind boggling Sometimes I had to re read to understand, but I got it This is a great book to explore with teenagers who ask about math, When am I ever going to use this The language is so awkward and superfluous It took me a while to notice that it s translated from French and there s often some strangeness in a translation I thought it would be a basic sort of read, but it attempts to be rather philosophical in relating the history of numbers. This book introduces the readers to how numbers are viewed in different cultures around the world From a teaching perspective, I would use this book to show students how numbers are viewed in different cultures Hopefully causing the students to not think so much about their own world, but be able to expand thinking about other cultures This book has some wonderful, very colorful pictures in it relating numbers in different parts of the world At the end of the book it has a section called D This book introduces the readers to how numbers are viewed in different cultures around the world From a teaching perspective, I would use this book to show students how numbers are viewed in different cultures Hopefully causing the students to not think so much about their own world, but be able to expand thinking about other cultures This book has some wonderful, very colorful pictures in it relating numbers in different parts of the world At the end of the book it has a section called Documents which givesinsights as to how we can look and understand this abstract notion of a number