Abacus (Suànpán 算盘)

Margaret SANKEY

The heaven and earth design of the abacus has remained unchanged for centuries.

Considered to be the first computer, the abacus has been used since ancient times by a number of civilizations for basic arithmetical calculations. It is still used as a reliable reckoner (and one that does not require electricity or batteries) by merchants and businesspeople in parts of Asia and Africa.

The abacus, or counting plate (suan pan), is….

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