Cover: Numbers and the Making of Us: Counting and the Course of Human Cultures, from Harvard University PressCover: Numbers and the Making of Us in HARDCOVER

Numbers and the Making of Us

Counting and the Course of Human Cultures

Add to Cart

Product Details

HARDCOVER

$27.95 • £22.95 • €25.00

ISBN 9780674504431

Publication: March 2017

Trade

312 pages

5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

7 halftones, 1 line illustration

World

Caleb Everett provides a fascinating account of the development of human numeracy, from innate abilities to the complexities of agricultural and trading societies, all viewed against the general background of human cultural evolution. He successfully draws together insights from linguistics, cognitive psychology, anthropology, and archaeology in a way that is accessible to the general reader as well as to specialists. He does not avoid controversy, making this a key contribution to a developing debate.—Bernard Comrie, University of California, Santa Barbara

In his journey through the millennia of human evolution, from the forests of Amazonia to the deserts of Australia, ever in search of a better understanding of human diversity, Caleb Everett presents a breathtaking narrative of how the human species developed one of its most distinct cognitive and linguistic achievements: to count and to use concepts of quantity to expand and enrich a wide range of cultural activities.—Bernd Heine, University of Cologne