Calculation in the Near East

“Accurate reckoning.  The entrance into the knowledge of all existing things and all obscure secrets.” –Introduction to the Rhind Mathematical Papyrus (as quoted by Victor J. Katz in A History of Mathematics: Brief Version)

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Computing in South and East Asia

“Machines, too simple to get out of order, are they not more trustworthy than the average human brain crowded nowadays with the perplexities of modern civilization?” –Rikitaro Fujisawa in the Appendix (1912) to The Development of Mathematics in China and Japan

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