On the curious historical coincidence of algebra and double-entry bookkeeping

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The emergence of symbolic algebra is probably the most important methodological innovation in mathematics since the Euclidean axiomatic method in geometry. Symbolic algebra accomplished much more than the introduction of symbols in mathematics. It allowed for the abstraction and generalization of the concepts of number, quantity and magnitude. It led to the… (More)

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@inproceedings{Heeffer2008OnTC, title={On the curious historical coincidence of algebra and double-entry bookkeeping}, author={Albrecht Heeffer}, year={2008} }