05 Inca Mathematics

05 Inca Mathematics - Inca Mathematics Physics 001 Fall...

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Inca Mathematics Inca Mathematics Adam Benson Caleb Morrell Dominic Nardone Cory Sargeant Joshua Surdykowski Physics 001 Fall 2004
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Typically, a civilization must develop a form of writing before they can come up with one for counting or math. This was not true for the Incas. Their enormous empire stretched from what is the present-day northern border of Ecuador to west-central Argentina, which meant that they spoke about 20 different languages because they were from such diverse ethnic groups. Because there were so many different languages spoken among the same tribe, they had to come up with a language they would all understand, which turned out to be mathematics.
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The Incas were very advanced for their time. In addition to roads, they also had agriculture, textile design, and administration. This made it all the more incredible that they never developed a writing system. However, none of this would have been possible without a system to count. Their system of writing did not require any counting.
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