Numbers and the Making of Us


In his new book, Caleb Everett makes the case for how numbers impact our lives in ways we never think.

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Acclaim is coming quickly for Caleb Everett, an Andrew Carnegie Fellow from 2005. His book, Numbers and the Making of Us is all about how numbers shape our world and our perceptions in ways that most of us would never have considered.

"The way our cultures look, and the kinds of technology we have, would be radically different without numbers. Large nation-states aren’t really possible without numbers. Large agricultural societies aren’t possible, either."

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