Early Chinese Mathematics

  title={Early Chinese Mathematics},
  author={Robin Wilson},
  journal={The Mathematical Intelligencer},
  • Robin Wilson
  • Published 16 April 2013
  • Mathematics
  • The Mathematical Intelligencer
C hina’s mathematical history dates back 3000 years or more. Around 220 BC, the ancient Chinese built the Great Wall, which was a major triumph of engineering skill and mathematical calculation. The Chinese may have been the first to develop a decimal place-value system, similar to the one we use today. For their calculations, the Chinese used a form of counting board, a box with separate compartments for units, tens, hundreds, etc., into which small bamboo rods were placed. Each symbol from 1…