## taming the infinite: cHAPTER 1

Chapter one of taming the infinite brought upon us the facts of mathematical history and with it an awareness of such vicissitudes that have occurred through time. It specifically states the origin of mathematics with numbers, numbers that were necessary to convey meaning to quantities, clay tokens to be more detailed. It all started a long time ago on the near East, the book says, with clay tokens; it seems people began to require the use of numbers, even though they did not call them that at the time, symbols were used to denote quantities on things, a whole story involving the use of envelopes, clay, and symbols is spoken of on this chapter and later on it situates us on the growth of such an idea. Through babylonian marks, egyptians symbols, until the very common use we give numbers today, without even realizing it most of the time.

"The inventions of number notations, and arithmetic rank alongside those of language and writing as some of the innovations that differentiate us from trainable apes.""The inventions of number notations, and arithmetic rank alongside those of language and writing as some of the innovations that differentiate us from trainable apes."