MoMath + Wolfram

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Counting

While numbers and counting predate civilization, their modern use and development coincides with the rise of cities and their associated needs for record keeping and the organization of people and supplies. From their origins as tally marks on bones, finger counting and counting tokens, the representation, use and computation of numbers have become increasingly important as civilizations have advanced from the primitive to the modern technological world.

Timeline

Counting timeline Sumerian Earliest Known Math Table Sumerian 7 Quotient and 10 Product Tablet Babylonian School Multiplication Tablet Babylonian Reciprocals Tablet Rhind Papyrus Roman Stylus Tablet Bamboo-Strip Multiplication Table Venerable Bede's De temporum ratione South American Quipu Aztec Dates from Codex Mendoza Midewiwin Birchbark Scroll