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Topic: Re: 300 BCE Chinese multiplication table. Nature owes India an
apology!

Replies: 15   Last Post: Jan 25, 2014 7:11 AM

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 Jonathan Crabtree Posts: 309 Registered: 12/19/10
Re: 300 BCE Chinese multiplication table. Nature owes India an
apology!

Posted: Jan 16, 2014 11:52 PM

The world's oldest multiplication table has been found. It's Chinese and from 300 BCE.

"Ancient times table hidden in Chinese bamboo strips. The 2,300-year-old matrix is the world's oldest decimal multiplication table."

See the bamboo multiplication table below...

http://www.nature.com/polopoly_fs/7.14731.1389118856!/image/Tsinghua%20multiplication%20table_bamboo%20strips2.jpg.jpeg_gen/derivatives/landscape_300/Tsinghua%20multiplication%20table_bamboo%20strips2.jpg.jpeg

It has been translated into the following image

http://www.nature.com/polopoly_fs/7.14716.1389193973!/image/Tsinghua%20multiplcation%20table_converted%20to%20numbers.png_gen/derivatives/lightbox/Tsinghua%20multiplcation%20table_converted%20to%20numbers.png

Yet India might be a little annoyed at the idea China is being portrayed as having a zero as a number, not just a placeholder, before India!

http://www.nature.com/news/ancient-times-table-hidden-in-chinese-bamboo-strips-1.14482

This is anachronistic reporting in the extreme! Nature magazine is in effect, not reporting history, it is re-writing it with its translation into a contemporary multiplication table with Hindu Arabic Numerals and zero as a number, not just a placeholder.

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