> In article <email@example.com>, > Albrecht <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > >> Die Geschichte der Mathematik reicht zur?ck bis ins Altertum und den >> Anf?ngen des Z?hlens in der Jungsteinzeit. Nachweise erster Anf?nge >> von Z?hlverfahren reichen ca. 50.000 Jahre zur?ck. (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.