Computer history - B.C. - A.D. 1000

Updated: 04/02/2019 by Computer Hope
Year Event
50,000 B.C. The first evidence of counting is dated back around 50,000 B.C.
30,000 B.C. Paleolithic peoples in Europe record numbers by notching tallies on bones, ivory, and stone.
4000 B.C. Metals begin being created and used.
3500 B.C. The first evidence of writing is dated back to around 3,500 B.C.
3400 B.C. Egyptians develop a symbol for the number 10, making counting larger numbers easier.
3300 B.C. The Bronze Age begins.
3000 B.C. Hieroglyphic numerals are first used in Egypt.
2600 B.C. Chinese introduce the abacus.
1350 B.C. Chinese use the first decimal.
1350 B.C. Iron begins being developed.
1000 B.C. The Antikythera mechanism is believed to be first created.
300 B.C. Mathematician Euclid publishes his Elements, 13 books that summarize all mathematical knowledge of the Greeks. 300 B.C. Euclid described the Euclidean algorithm for finding the greatest common divisor that is considered the first algorithm. His axioms provide the foundation of mathematics and geometry, and are still taught today.
300 B.C. The Salamis Tablet, Roman Calculi, and hand-abacus, much like today's abacus.
260 B.C. The Maya develop base-20 system of mathematics, which introduce zero.
1000 A.D. A churchman by the name of Gerbert d'Aurillac, who later becomes Pope Sylvester II, introduces the abacus and Hindu-Arabic math to Europe.

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