Abstract
The thesis began with the study of two implements for calculation: the abacus and the pati. The material of the abacus is stone, its tallies denoting place value are permanently inscribed. The material of the pati is sand, in which the tallies evolved into the Arabic numerals with the zero as the tenth numeral. As site conditions for the exploration of number, their structure predicates a particular conception of number and prescribes limits upon its usage and meaning.
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