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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 28, February, 1860   By:

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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 28, February, 1860 contains a collection of diverse and engaging essays, stories, and poems that offer a fascinating glimpse into the intellectual and cultural climate of the mid-19th century. From thought-provoking debates on political and social issues to evocative descriptions of nature and human experience, this volume showcases the depth and breadth of talent among the contributors.

One standout piece is a poignant and beautifully written memoir that explores themes of love, loss, and redemption. The author's prose is elegant and touching, capturing the emotional landscapes of the human heart with skill and sensitivity. Another notable work is a gripping short story that combines elements of mystery, suspense, and romance to create a compelling narrative that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat.

Overall, The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 28, February, 1860 is a thought-provoking and highly enjoyable read that offers a rich tapestry of literary works for readers to savor and contemplate. Whether you are interested in history, literature, or simply enjoy a good story, this volume is sure to captivate and inspire.

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Transcriber's Note: Minor typos have been corrected. Footnotes have been moved to the end of the article.


Though, from the rapid action of the eye and the mind, grouping and counting by groups appear to be a single operation, yet, as things can be seen in succession only, however rapidly, the counting of things, whether ideal or real, is necessarily one by one. This is the first step of the art. The second step is grouping. The use of grouping is to economize speech in numeration, and writing in notation, by the exercise of the memory. The memorizing of groups is, therefore, a part of the primary education of every individual. Until this art is attained, to a certain extent, it is very convenient to use the fingers as representatives of the individuals of which the groups are composed. This practice led to the general adoption of a group derived from the fingers of the left hand. The adoption of this group was the first distinct step toward mental arithmetic. Previous groupings were for particular numerations; this for numeration in general; being, in fact, the first numeric base, the quinary. As men advanced in the use of numbers, they adopted a group derived from the fingers of both hands; thus ten became the base of numeration... Continue reading book >>

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