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Our first conceptions of number and form date back to times as far removed as the Old Stone Age. Little progress was made in understanding numerical values and space relations until the transition occurred from the mere gathering of food to its actual production, from hunting and fishing to agriculture. With this fundamental change, a revolution in which the passive attitude of man toward nature turned into an active one, we enter the New Stone Age. The tempo of technical improvement was enormously accelerated.
Ray, Gail, "The Beginnings of Mathematics" (1969). Honors Theses. 535.