Study reveals maths was invented in Africa some 25 000 years ago

Study reveals maths was invented in Africa some 25 000 years ago

- A new study claims to have proven that Africa is the true origin of mathematics, which is one of the most relevant subjects in the world

- Evidence gathered from Egypt, Mali, Congo, Swaziland and more show that many ancient mathematical devices had been used in Africa more than 25,000 years ago

- Great monuments such as the pyramids of Egypt require a deep application of mathematics

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Careful studies in recent years claim to have revealed that one of the world's most relevant subjects, mathematics, was invented in Africa.

According to historical facts, archaeological evidence, and artefacts, lend credence to the origination of mathematics from ancient Africa, more than 25,000 years ago.

A mass of the historic evidence comes from the mountains of Swaziland and the headwaters of the Nile River in the north-eastern part of Congo.

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It is indicated that numbering, counting, measuring and other basic numerical forms were applied by ancient Africans in these areas over 25 millenniums ago.

Some of the discoveries that point to Africa being the origin of Mathematics include the Lebombo bone, the Ishango bone, a series of tally marks carved in columns, the Tellem weavers of Mali, and others.

The Lebombo bone, for instance, is regarded as the world’s oldest recorded and proven measuring and mathematical device. On the other hand, the Ishango bone is reported to represent either the earliest known representation of prime numbers or a six-month lunar calendar.

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The systems of measurement and the mathematics used in building the great stone complexes of Zimbabwe as well as the great accuracy of the dimensions of the pyramids still gives rise to wonder and strengthens the evidential value of the African origin of mathematics.

The accuracy of the Egyptian value for (the constant ratio of circumference to diameter of any circle) was probably a result of theoretical analysis of “squaring a circle” and confirmation of experiment and accurate measurement.

The Egyptian value for pi was 3.16, much closer to the modern 3.14, gives credence to the African roots of mathematics.

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