Introduction: Mathematics

 

The Mathematics Collection of around  380 manuscripts   starts with the beginning of mathematics in the 27th c. BC, and ends with Einstein.  Here 24 examples are presented as an introduction to the origins of mathematics: 11 of the earliest examples from Sumer and Babylonia, where mathematics was invented; and counting of tokens and goods for accounting purposes which are earlier than both script and mathematics. Ten examples of these are among the 24 examples in this section of the website.

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