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

Updated: 08/02/2019 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 recorded numbers by notching tallies on bones, ivory, and stone.
4000 B.C. Metals began 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 developed a symbol for the number 10, making counting larger numbers easier.
3300 B.C. The Bronze Age began.
3000 B.C. Hieroglyphic numerals are first used in Egypt.
2600 B.C. Chinese introduced the abacus.
1350 B.C. Chinese used the first decimal.
1350 B.C. Iron began being developed.
1000 B.C. The Antikythera mechanism is believed to be first created.
300 B.C. Mathematician Euclid published 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 provided 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 developed base-20 system of mathematics, which introduce zero.
1000 A.D. A churchman by the name of Gerbert d'Aurillac, who later became Pope Sylvester II, introduced the abacus and Hindu-Arabic math to Europe.

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