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Additional source for ancient Greek and Roman history of the abacus

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Additional materials on abacus history, addressing its Ancient Greek, and Roman origins:


Netz, Reviel (2002). Counter Culture: Towards a History of Greek Numeracy. History of Science, vol. 40, p.321-352. http://adsabs.harvard.edu/full/2002HisSc..40..321N (page 325 describes the Ancient Greek use of the abacus, including a third-century B.C. abacus found in Cyprus)


Ryerson, “A Brief History of the Abacus” http://www.ee.ryerson.ca/~elf/abacus/history.html (includes image and description of the Salamis Tablet dating from 300 BC.)


Salamis Tablet http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salamis_Tablet


Stephenson, Steve, “Ancient Computers” page on the IEEE Global History Network http://www.ieeeghn.org/wiki/index.php/Ancient_Computers (Addresses the possibility that the abacus traveled from Rome to China via trade on the Silk Road)


Stephenson, Steve, “The Roman Hand Abacus” http://www.ee.ryerson.ca/~elf/abacus/roman-hand-abacus.html

Administrator418:42, 13 February 2014
 

Is there a strong enough connection between the milestone and the location of the plaque?

Lise Johnston00:21, 28 February 2014
 

I support the milestone and in particular Lyle's citation improvements. As Lise suggests, a stronger statement to plaque location is needed.

Djkemp12:18, 8 March 2014