The History of Mathematics Essay

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What is the meaning of history? According to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, history is: past events that relate to a particular subject, place, organization, etc (Merriam-Webster, 2014). Math began in 30000BC and is still changing now in 2014. During each year, something new has happened.
From 30000BC to 127BC there were many things happening for the beginning of math. In 30000BC, Palaeolithics in Europe and France recorded numbers on bones. Around 25000BC, there were signs of early geometric designs being used. Egypt was using a decimal number system around 5000BC. Babylonian and Egyptian calendars were being used starting in 4000BC. In 3400BC, the first symbols for numbers by using straight lines were being used in Egypt. Hieroglyphic numbers were used in Egypt around 3000BC along with the abacus being developed in the Middle East and areas around the Mediterranean. Also in 3000BC, Babylonians started using a sexagesimal number system which was used for recording financial transactions, which was a place-value system without a zero. In 2770BC the Egyptian calendar was being used. Around 2000BC, Harappans adopted a decimal system for weight and measurements. In 1950BC, Babylonians solved the quadratic equations. Around 1950BC, The Moscow papyrus was written, which gave details of Egyptian geometry. Around 1800BC, the Babylonians start using the multiplication tables. The Babylonians also solve the linear and quadratic equations and pulls together…