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On the Dot

The Speck that Changed the World

Alexander Humez

Despite the humble origins of its name (Anglo-Saxon for 'the speck at the head of a boil'), the dot has been one of the most versatile players in the history of written communication, to the point where it has become virtually indispensable. In this book, the brothers Humez offer an erudite and entertaining account of this miniscule and much overlooked sign, examining its roles, not only in punctuation, but also in proof-reading, music, mathematics and money, Morse code and Braille, abbreviations and computing. Off-mint.

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  • Publisher: Oxford UP
  • Year: 2008
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 256pp
  • Illustrated: No
  • ISBN: 9780195324990
  • Condition: Acceptable
  • Weight: 0.4kg
Product code:
269890
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