The Japanese numbers game : the use and understanding of numbers in modern Japan

Thomas Crump

An almost obsessional use of numbers characterizes Japanese popular culture. A wide variety of numerical formulae and strategies provide the means for explaining events and solving problems occurring in everyday life. These include such matters as the choice of the name for a child, ranking in almost any game or sport, the diagnosis and cure of illness or the decision to accept a new job. This text provides a general study of the field of Japanese popular numeracy. It introduces the reader to a world of numbers in which fortune-telling, the abacus and games involving numbers, as well as curious numerical names (of both people and places), illustrate the importance of systems of counting, calculation and forecasting. The study explores the cultural roots of attitudes towards numbers and makes suggestions about the contemporary implications of a culture in which mechanical numeracy (and number obsession) is general but the highest levels of academic mathematics still fall short of world standards.

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書名 The Japanese numbers game : the use and understanding of numbers in modern Japan
著作者等 Crump, Thomas
シリーズ名 The Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese studies series
出版元 Routledge
刊行年月 1992
ページ数 xiii, 209 p.
大きさ 23 cm
ISBN 0415056098
NCID BA13611350
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス
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