>>> In article <email@example.com>, >>> Albrecht <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: >>> >>>> Die Geschichte der Mathematik reicht zurück bis ins Altertum und den >>>> Anfängen des Zählens in der Jungsteinzeit. Nachweise erster Anfänge >>>> von Zählverfahren reichen ca. 50.000 Jahre zurück. (from German >>>> Wikipedia) (The history of mathematics goes back to ancient times and the >>>> beginnings of counting in the Neolithic period. Evidence first beginnings >>>> of counting range about 50,000 years ago. ) >>> >>> If, as I suspect, that evidence is based on marks made on bones or cave >>> walls or the like, it is the beginning of writing, which is what I said >>> marked the first evidence of counting. >> >> And for some people also the last. > > Speaking for yourself?