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When was the abacus used?

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Jeremy Wood on May 19, 2018

The abacus was invented about 4,400 years ago in Sumeria(Mesopotamia) and was adopted by a number of civilizations over the following 1,000 - 2,000 years as the primary method of of performingsimple (and sometimes complex) calculations. It is, in fact, still in use today in some parts of the world wherestore guardians can calculate a long list of numbers faster that theywould be able to hit a calculator! The abacus is still a familiar children's play toy, and is usedalso in education to explain mathematical principles to children.


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