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On the dot : the speck that changed the world

Author: Alexander Humez; Nicholas D Humez
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
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Despite the humble origins of its name, the dot has been one of the most versatile players in the history of written communication. The Humez brothers shed light on the dot in all its various forms--as a mark of punctuation and a notation in mathematics and music--take readers on an engaging tour of the highways and byways of language, ranging from the history of the question mark and its lesser known offshoots the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alexander Humez; Nicholas D Humez
ISBN: 9780195324990 0195324994
OCLC Number: 191846825
Description: xii, 256 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: 1. Time and chance: punctuality and the coin toss --
2. Dit dah: codes to sigh For --
3. With a bullet: checklists and dingbats --
4. ... And a half: musical dots --
5. For short: Mr., Sr., et al --
6. Dot dot dot: ellipses, lacunae, and missing links --
7. Stet: emendations of Immortality --
8. Ninety-eight point six: decimals and determinings --
9. Dot com: computation punctuation --
10. Bang! the dot meets the family --
11. Period: the end point.
Responsibility: Alexander Humez, Nicholas Humez.
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