Date of Award
Master of Science
Master of Mathematics
When did man begin to use mathematics? When was mathematics invented? The invention of this science has been customarily attributed to the Egyptians and Babylonians of the fourth or fifth millennium. But if we assume that mathematics was born when man began to have some understanding of numerical or geometrical relations, than mathematics is must older than those ancient people. The history of mathematics goes back to the primitive ethnic types of the neolithic or perhaps paleolithic times. Man has always had some type of number sense, to the extent of recognizing the difference between one and two or at least between one and many. Among the barbarous tribes whose languages have been studied, even in a cursory manner, none have even been discovered which did not show some familiarity with the number concept.
S. H. Douglas
G. M. Booth
Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical College
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City of Publication
Edwards, R. L. (1963). The Historical Development Of Arithmetic And Geometry And Its Implications. Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.pvamu.edu/pvamu-theses/669