**Fact File: Who invented Math?** Invention: Math *** Date of Invention: c. 3500 BC *** Name of Inventor: Unknown *** Historical Period: Ancient World (3500 BC - 600BC) *** Category: Education *** Country of Origin: Mesopotamia *** The Invention of Math ***
**Fact 1: Who invented Math?** The name of the inventor of Math is unknown but it is believed to have been invented in c. 3500 BC during the Ancient World era of inventions (3500 BC - 600BC).
**Fact 2: Who invented Math?** The invention and development of the Math is credited to the Sumerians and Babylonians of Mesopotamia c. 3500 BC. The Mesopotamians assigned symbols to groups of objects to make the description of larger numbers easier and went on to develop the Abacus c.2700–2300 BC
**Fact 3: Who invented Math?** The ancient Mesopotamians were one of the first civilizations to develop complex lifestyles living in major cities with centralized economies, controlling what is produced and the distribution and use of resources.
**Fact 4: Who invented Math?** As the cities and their economies flourished it became impossible to keep count and remember all the amounts of grain, sheep and cattle entering or leaving the city grain stores and the outlying farms. The Mesopotamians needed records that did not rely on memory and so math was invented to keep accurate records of accounts with counting and measuring systems.
**Fact 5: Who invented Math?** The Mesopotamians went on to develop the system of dividing time into units of 60 that is still used to the present day for minutes and seconds. The Mesopotamians also went on to invent the first writing system and the first alphabet.
**Fact 6: Who invented Math?** Other great ancient civilizations all invented their own math often written with the earliest forms of writing. These great civilizations included the Ancient Chinese, the Egyptians, Indians, the Greeks and the Romans.
**Fact 7: Who invented Math?** By 2600 BC the Mesopotamians had developed the first forms of multiplication tables and were developing ways of resolving geometrical and division problems. As the years passed the ancient Mesopotamian mathematicians began dealing with algebra, fractions, and equations.
**Fact 8: Who invented Math?** The Ancient Egyptians soon followed suit and when the famous document from the Egyptian Middle Kingdom known as the Rhind Mathematical papyrus, that dates to 1650 BC, was discovered in 1864 historians had an insight into ancient Egyptian math. The Rhind Mathematical papyrus details 84 different mathematical problems including examples of how to distribute 100 loaves of bread in different ratios amongst a workforce.
**Fact 9: Who invented Math?** The invention of Math was critical to the lives of the Ancient Egyptians who needed math for the construction of the pyramids and buildings, to manage food supplies and to compute the flood levels of the Nile. The Ancient Egyptians believed that their great god Thoth was be the inventor of mathematics, astronomy and engineering and the architect of the great pyramids of Egypt.
**Fact 10: Who invented Math?** The Ancient Chinese invented the abacus c.1200 A.D, one of the first tools for counting ever invented. Around the same time the Chinese invented the first decimal or base-10 numbering system and decimal systems were common in European and Indian cultures from at least 1000 BC.
**Fact 11: Who invented Math?** The ancient Greeks developed a numeral system c.450 BCE. Thales of Miletus (c. 624 – c. 546 BC) is considered to have been the first to lay down guidelines for the abstract development of geometry.
**Fact 12: Who invented Math?** Pythagoras of Samos Pythagoras of Samos (c. 570 BC - c. 500 BC) developed the Pythagoras' theorem (a˛ + b˛ = c˛) a formula to calculate the length of any of the sides on a right-angled triangle or the distance between two points.
**Fact 13: Who invented Math?** Zeno of Elea posed so-called paradoxes about motion to challenge the ideas of Greek mathematicians. Leucippus and Democritus originated the atomic theory of indivisibles.
**Fact 14: Who invented Math?** Archimedes (c.287 - c.212 BC) was a genius in geometry. He formulated the hydrostatic principle (Archimedes' principle) and his methods anticipated the integral Calculus 2,000 years before Gottfried Leibniz and Sir Isaac Newton.
**Fact 15: Who invented Math?** It was Ptolemy (90-168 AD) who developed detailed trigonometry tables. Diophantus of Alexandria (c. 214 - c. 298 AD) credited with inventing Algebra and famous for developing the Diophantine Analysis of complex algebraic problems, to find rational solutions to equations with several unknowns.
**Fact 16: Who invented Math?** The concept of zero as a placeholder appeared in many cultures but the first actual written zero appeared in India in 876 AD.
**Fact 17: Who invented Math?** The Renaissance witnessed many mathematical advances. The mechanical Calculator was invented by Blaise Pascal in 1642 and the British inventor John Napier (1550-1617) achieved fame for the invention of natural logarithms, for popularizing the use of the decimal point and for the invention of the Napier’s Bones tool for lattice multiplication.
**Fact 18: Who invented Math?** Gottfried Leibniz and Sir Isaac Newton independently invented calculus that is used to predict the way in which a graph grows.
**Fact 19: Who invented Math?** Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777 – 1855) compiled the fundamental Theorem of Algebra and Gaussian distribution, Gaussian function, Gaussian error curveand Gaussian curvature.
**Fact 20: Who invented Math?** Charles Babbage (26 December 1791 - 18 October 1871) invented the first mechanical computer, a steam-driven calculating machine that was able to compute tables of numbers, and originated the concept of a digital programmable computer.
**Fact 21: Who invented Math?** George Boole (2 November 1815 – 8 December 1864) worked in the fields of differential equations and algebraic logic, and laid many of the foundations for the digital revolution. George Boole is famous as the author of 'The Laws of Thought' (1854) which contains Boolean algebra.
**Fact 22: Who invented Math?** Linear equations were invented in 1843 by Irish mathematician Sir William Rowan Hamilton (1805 - 1865)
**Fact 23: Who invented Math?** The British mathematician John Venn (1834-1923) introduced Venn diagrams into set theory for use in in probability, logic and statistics.
**Fact 24: Who invented Math?** Alan Turing (1912-1954) the British mathematician famous for breaking of the WW2 German enigma code with the Turing machine which was the logical forerunner of computer.
**Fact 25: Who invented Math?** The American mathematician Edward Lorenz (1917-2008) was a leading pioneer in modern chaos theory and developed a model that exhibited the phenomenon known as "sensitive dependence on initial conditions which is commonly known as the "butterfly effect".
We hope that the facts in this article have provided the answers to all of your questions about the invention of Math and the famous mathematicians who have contributed so much to the field of math throughout the centuries. |