from Chapter 2
The Root of All Measures
It is possible that all the complexity in the world has arisen just from the properties of number, despite their apparent nature as passive and inactive things. Used for recording quantities, numbers have become associated with routine activities such as keeping accounts or calculating and measuring within the physical and financial worlds.
If numbers are seen as the power of grouping things into different systems or of creating a field of harmony, then another side to their nature emerges: Numbers define how things divide into each other, and this inter-division is all about the...