The development of measuring systems is a great human accomplishment. The early Egyptians created a unit of length, the cubit, based on the human forearm. The English and others, used the human foot and grains of barley corn to measure length. The m...etric system started with an fascinating attempt to define the meter using time. The meter evolved through a number of incarnations many involving distances taken from the planet. Today the meter is defined using the speed of light. This definition relies on a reliable means for measuring time. Time and space have been joined in our current definition of the meter. (07:23)[more]

Decimals were invented by the Elanites in Persia about 6,000 years ago. Find out who invented decimals in this interesting lecture which is done using a white board. Also discussed is a time line spanning many centuries and places. (02:20)

The number zero was invented in the last 1,000 years to form a transition between positive and negative numbers. Discover the origin of zero with tips from Steve Jones, who uses a white board to aide in his presentation. (01:21)

Number systems are invented and reinvented over time by different civilizations. In this video you will learn about these number systems and and their history. The instructor uses a white board to present this information. (02:38)

In this video a mathematics instructor explains that division was invented thousands of years ago, but was formalized by the ancient Egyptians. The mathematics instructor discusses who invented division and the division process. (02:20)

Learn about the history of fractions and who invented them. A mathematics instructors explains that more than likely fractions were invented by the Egyptians to organize taxes on land. (01:58)

A mathematics instructor explains that the first people to use math were the ancient people of prehistory. Learn about the origin of math and who were the first people to use math. (02:16)

In this video learn that calculus was invented by either Newton or Leibnitz in the late 17th century. A mathematics instructor (Steve Jones) uses a white board to aide in his presentation about who invented calculus and discusses their methods. (01...:58)[more]

To learn who invented math, first one must define what math is exactly. Learn who invented math from a mathematics instructor. He discusses whether or not the Neandarthal man did know about mathematics. Speech of narrator is shown as text on the bot...tom of the screen. (02:03)[more]

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