Originally posted by Spider879
reply to post by mikegrouchy
A tally stick, though
in no way shows the existence of numbers greater than "one", "two", and "many"
It only proves that people could compare sticks and say
"I have more many than you"
It was more than a simple tally stick.it was a very early precursor to what was found in a much later Kemet in it's use of the doubling system.
At one end of the Ishango Bone is a piece of quartz for writing, and the bone has a series of notches carved in groups (shown below). It was first
thought these notches were some kind of tally marks as found to record counts all over the world. However, the Ishango bone appears to be much more
than a simple tally. The markings on rows (a) and (b) each add to 60. Row (b) contains the prime numbers between 10 and 20. Row (a) is quite
consistent with a numeration system based on 10, since the notches are grouped as 20 + 1, 20 - 1, 10 + 1, and 10 - 1. Finally, row (c) seems to
illustrate for the method of duplication (multiplication by 2) used more recently in Egyptian multiplication. Recent studies with microscopes
illustrate more markings and it is now understood the bone is also a lunar phase counter. Who but a woman keeping track of her cycles would need a
lunar calendar? Were women our first mathematicians?
I am familiar with Ogham kinda like the Roman's use of letters for numbers, and the Rune script also although I haven't dug deep into either..but
my main point was the Ishango bone connected to the Lunar cycle and women is the oldest known so far in the world.
But interestingly there was always this thing with magic and numbers world wide,
Ok you have cornered me in some dangerous territory,
and there is no way I can see to say this without sounding preachy,
so I'll just be preachy.
In the ancient world there is no difference between being "whole" and "1" (one).
A man was not considered a man...
A woman was not considered a woman...
Until they were whole.
Mated, one flesh, that is to say ... one.
/ begin preachy rant
There are only two super geniuses of science that I am aware of.
Lavoisier and Einstein. In both cases these men were blessed
the very rarest of occurrences. A lab assistant that they were
both deeply in love with and who were their wives. Back in
those days finding a woman with a love for science and a
knack for being a lab assistant, wheather a chemistry lab
or a laboratory of the mind, was as common as finding
a supernova. And a great many potential geniuses
died alone and unloved by any woman, as their wives
usually hated their work or were jealous of their time
spent in the lab. It was a different world back then.
I do find it interesting though, that here in the post
feminist world the story is being revised to suggest
that those men stole the work from their wives when for
hundreds of years one of the great laments of science has
been about how much genius has been lost because of the
rarity of finding a good husband and wife team.
And now that we have generations of empowered scientific women
capable of participating in just such a relationship the drum beat for
castigation of men in general is being whipped up to a louder and faster beat.
Disgusting if you ask me.
/ end preachy rant
/ personal diatribe
Claudia Zaslavsky is a post modern agenda pusher.
It is no surprise to me that she has the hubris to think
that it is her mission to restore some sense of history
to the Congo, as though they are not capable themselves,
and that she is a champion of feminist causes.
/end personal diatribe
The discovery of a leap forward in the history of counting
that skips completely over base 5, to land squarely on base 10/20 (with doubling! no less)
An extraordinary claim.
I hardly think one baboon fibula is extraordinary proof.
Where are the calendars, the month names, the astronomy?
No, it is just one more wedge driving men and women apart.
edit on 30-8-2013 by mikegrouchy because: (no reason given)