December 1, 2018

"How to Choose a Number: Multimodal Variations in Ancient Written Numerals"

Stephen Chrisomalis
Wayne State University

December 5
7:00 PM
Social Sciences Room 122
1126 E. 58th St.

The question of whether and when to write twelve thousand or 12,000 was as pertinent in much of the premodern world as it is today. How did ancient authors navigate these choices? Rather than thinking of the number systems as a part of the history of mathematics, we can reanalyze them as features of texts.

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