Q:

When was math invented?

A:

A crude form of math was first invented by the Sumerians in the sixth century BC. Because the Sumerians had developed a settled, agricultural civilization, they needed math as a way to measure plots of land, tax individuals, chart the sky and develop a lunar calendar.

The Sumerians were the first people to use abstract symbols to describe large groups of objects. At first, they used symbols to represent sheaves of wheat. Eventually, they developed cuneiform writing and probably were using a crude abacus by the second century BC.

The Sumerians used the base 60 numeric system. They counted by using the 12 bones of the four fingers on one hand.

Learn More

Related Questions

  • Q:

    When was the first train invented?

    A:

    The train was first invented and patented in 1784, by James Watt. The first working model to be made and successfully run was created in 1804 by Richard Trevithick.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    When was the first DVD player invented?

    A:

    There is much debate about who invented the DVD player and even when it was first invented, since the technology is derived from multiple sources, including several individuals and companies. When the acronym was first created, DVD stood for digital versatile disc, although now it stands for digital video disc.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Who invented the English alphabet?

    A:

    Creation of the English alphabet is generally credited to the Sumerians and the Mesoamericans. The English alphabet contains several components, including letters and phonetics. Writing is believed to have emerged as a form of communication by ancient Sumerians, who began producing written works around 3000 BCE.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Who invented math?

    A:

    Different math applications were developed by different people, so no one person is credited with inventing math. Numbers, and as a result, math, has been around since 35,000 BC.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore