African Mathematics and Mathematicians

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African mathematics has been around for thousands of years. Africa is known to be the country that takes part in the earliest use of mathematics that includes both measuring and calculating. Africa is also one of the places where both basic and advanced mathematics were originated. Much of the math that is used by human beings today was used a long time ago in Africa. Math such as algebra and geometry that are used by us today, were used by the Africans back then. African math was then transferred to other countries through migration out of Africa and invasions of Africa by Europe and Asia. Over 3,500 years have passed since the origination of African mathematic. Branching from that has been many inventions that have made improvements in the way we as Americans see math. Inventions such as the Ishango tally stick and the Lembambo tally stick, which were used as one of the first counting tools. When found, the bone only had 29 markings engraved into the Lebombo bone. This bone is about 35,000 years old, and is said to probably have been used to keep track of lunar or menstrual cycles, or could have been used for something as simple as just a measuring stick. The Lebombo bone is actually the fibula bone of a baboon and was used as a device associated with the moon, time, and math. The Rhind mathematical Papyrus dates back to 1650 BC and was then purchased by Alexander Rhind in 1858 AD, thus being called the Rhind mathematical Papyrus. The first page of this document contains
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