Caleb Everett is an Andrew Carnegie Fellow and Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Miami.
A fascinating book. -- James Ryerson * New York Times Book Review
Fascinating...This is bold, heady stuff...The breadth of research Everett covers is impressive, and allows him to develop a narrative that is both global and compelling. He is as much at home describing the niceties of experimental work in cognitive science as he is discussing arcane tribal rituals and the technical details of grammar...It is often poignant, and makes a virtue of the author's experiences with some of the indigenous peoples he describes, based on a childhood following his missionary parents-in particular his famous father, Daniel Everett-into the Amazon jungle...Numbers is eye-opening, even eye-popping. And it makes a powerful case for language, as a cultural invention, being central to the making of us. -- Vyvyan Evans * New Scientist *
Everett buttresses his argument with an impressive array of
studies from different fields...It all adds up to a powerful and
convincing case for Everett's main thesis: that numbers are neither
natural nor innate to humans but 'a creation of the human mind, a
cognitive invention that has altered forever how we see and
distinguish quantities.' His
argument that numbers played a crucial role in the development of agriculture and the complex societies it supported is equally persuasive.