Mathematical notationMathematical notation
is used in mathematics
. The complexity of such notation ranges from relatively simple symbolic
representations, such as one
; to conceptual symbols, such as +
; to equations, functions
, and variables
. It is believed that such notation was first developed, at least 50,000 years
ago, in order to assist with counting
Early mathematical ideas were represented by collections of rockss, sticks, bone, clay, stone, wood carvings, and knotted ropes. The tally is a timeless way of counting. Perhaps the oldest known mathematical texts are those of ancient Sumer.
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