IJPAM: Volume 82, No. 5 (2013)
Department of Business Information
Faculty of Information Management
Osaka University of Economics
2, Osumi Higashiyodogawa Osaka, 533-8533, JAPAN
Abstract. Japanese prefer odd numbers, while Westerners prefer even numbers. This is clear from the distribution of number-related words in Japanese and English dictionaries. This paper explains the reason for this cultural difference by surveying the history of numbers, Yin-Yang thought from ancient China, ancient Greek philosophy, and modern European mathematics. The author also mentions that while odd and even are only mathematical concepts, understanding the culture and history of individual countries contributes to world peace.
Received: October 13, 2012
AMS Subject Classification: 01A27, 00A09, 97A40
Key Words and Phrases: odd number, even number, Japanese and English, history of numbers, Yin-Yang thought
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DOI: 10.12732/ijpam.v82i5.5 How to cite this paper?
Source: International Journal of Pure and Applied Mathematics
ISSN printed version: 1311-8080
ISSN on-line version: 1314-3395