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ERIC Number: EJ1040927
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0926-7220
The Remarkable Number "1"
Allen, G. Donald
Science & Education, v23 n9 p1845-1852 Sep 2014
In human history, the origin of the numbers came from definite practical needs. Indeed, there is strong evidence that numbers were created before writing. The number "1", dating back at least 20,000 years, was found as a counting symbol on a bone. The famous statement by the German mathematician Leopold Kronecker (1823-1891), "God made the integers; all else is the work of man," has spawned a lively modern philosophical discussion, and this discussion begins by trying to get a philosophical handle on "1." This approach remains under heavy discussion, and is more-or-less unresolved ("Frege in Die Grundlagen der Arithmetik" (English: "The Foundations of Arithmetic"). Polhman, 1884). In this note, we consider the many facets of "one" in it many guises and applications. Nonetheless, "one" has multiple meanings, from the very practical to the abstract, from mathematics to science to basically everything. We examine here a mere slice of mathematical history with a focus on the most basic and applicable concept therein. It troubles many, particularly students, even today.
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Language: English
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