In the Flash Anzan event at the All Japan Soroban Championship, champion Takeo Sasano was able to add fifteen three-digit numbers in just 1.7 seconds.
Isn’t it fascinating that a simple device comprising of a frame with wires and grooves can be used to crack complex arithmetic’s? Math has always been, and still is bitter gourd soup for masses till date. But as luck would have it, math is a part of our everyday lives and we are forced to deal with it.
Join me fellas, while I take you through the entire detail book of the epitome of human invention in Mathematics – The Abacus!
INTRODUCTION TO ABACUS
Abacus is a calculating tool used in various countries of the world, invented centuries back, before the emergence of the written Arabic numerical system. It can be used to perform basic math operations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Counting decimal places, extracting square and cubic roots, calculating sums having negative numbers can also be done using the Abacus.
From the initial days of business and trade in the human evolution history, till date, abacus has become a worldwide accepted tool because of its impeccable ability to play around with the mind math.
ABACUS – The second best ancient human inventions after knife and Pencil
TYPES OF ABACUS
The earliest Abacus was invented 5000 years ago. Historians believe it was the Chinese minds that invented the Abacus around 500BC, with beads strung on wires, during the Ming Dynasty.With the abundant fame of success for abacus spreading, countries like Taiwan, Korea, Malaysia and Japan were smitten by the abacus fever following this, as the primitive way of calculating.
However, since there are no facts that support the confirmed statement about the invention of the abacus, its origin still remains unknown.