360° Coverage : Polynesians, not Europeans, invented binary system

1 Updates

Polynesians, not Europeans, invented binary system

Dec 17 2013, 7:28am CST | by

New York, Dec 17 (IANS) It's time to unlearn what the world thought was a European discovery.

New York, Dec 17 — It's time to unlearn what the world thought was a European discovery. The 18th century German mathematician Gottfried Leibniz cannot any more be called the inventor of binary...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

45 weeks ago

Polynesians, not Europeans, invented binary system

Dec 17 2013, 7:28am CST | by

New York, Dec 17 (IANS) It's time to unlearn what the world thought was a European discovery.

New York, Dec 17 — It's time to unlearn what the world thought was a European discovery.

The 18th century German mathematician Gottfried Leibniz cannot any more be called the inventor of binary arithmetic, used by most digital devices, including our mobile phones, a new study says.

The study, by psychologists Andrea Bender and Sieghard Beller of the University of Bergen in Norway, the findings of which appear in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, reveals that indigenous people of a tiny Pacific island, Mangareva in French Polynesia, used a kind of binary system 300 years before Leibniz made the advantages of the base-2 system popular in the 18th century.

In what is seen as an affirmation of "the primacy of cultural factors underlying the invention of number systems", the new study, after analysing historical records of Mangarevan culture and language, suggested that the language used by the natives of the island contained words that clearly showed that they were well aware of simple binary calculation.

The discovery, made by analysing historical records of the now almost wholly assimilated Mangarevan culture and language suggests that some of the advantages of the binary system adduced by Leibniz might create a cognitive motivation for this system to arise spontaneously, even in a society without advanced science and technology.

Before Mangarevans came in contact with Europeans in the 18th century, the stratified society of the island "survived mostly on seafood and root crops, and needed a number system to quantify large transactions in trade and in tributes made to chieftains".

The findings of the study appeared in the science journal Nature.

IANS

Source: IANS

 

Don't miss ...

 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/27" rel="author">IANS</a>
The Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) was established in 1986, initially to serve as an information bridge between India and its thriving diaspora in North America. Today it is a full-fledged, 24 by 7 agencies putting out the real-time news from India, South Asia and news of interest to this region around the world.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Apple Ends The iPod Classic
Apple Ends The iPod Classic
Tim Cook says supply chain problems caused the decision
 
 
Will Apple’s Watch Kill The Fitness Band Market?
Will Apple’s Watch Kill The Fitness Band Market?
Analysts are wondering whether or not Apple is preparing for a total takeover.
 
 
When Is Apple Pay Coming To Canada?
When Is Apple Pay Coming To Canada?
Canadian customers could be waiting a while
 
 
What Is Next For Beats?
What Is Next For Beats?
iTunes sales are down and Apple has just acquired another music platform
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Norway to send troops to Iraq
Oslo, Oct 31 (IANS) Norway announced that it will send 120 soldiers to Iraq. The soldiers will not "be in direct combat with the forces of the Islamic State (IS). They shall, instead, assist with capacity building of...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Four die as plane crashes into building in US
Washington, Oct 31 (IANS/EFE) At least four people died when a small plane crashed into a building near the Wichita, Kansas, airport in the US, media reported. The preliminary death toll was confirmed by the Wichita...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Young heart can heal itself faster
Washington, Oct 31 (IANS) The heart holds its own pool of immune cells capable of helping it to heal after injury, finds research, adding that the harmful immune cells from the bone marrow disrupts this process in...
Read more on Business Balla
 
German kidnapped in Nigeria rescued
Lagos, Oct 31 (IANS) A German national, who was abducted a week ago in Nigeria, has been "rescued", authorities confirmed. Ogun state police spokesperson Abimbola Oyeyemi said the hostage was "rescued" Thursday and...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Somalia's police chief is dead
Mogadishu, Oct 31 (IANS) Somalia's Police Commissioner General Mohamed Sheikh Hassan Ismail has died, officials said. A probe has been ordered into his death. The official unexpectedly fell and died in the course of...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Hubble captures 'ghost light' from dead galaxies
Washington, Oct 31 (IANS) NASA's Hubble telescope has picked up the faint, ghostly glow of stars ejected from ancient galaxies that were gravitationally ripped apart several billion years ago. By observing the light...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Jamaican discus thrower banned for two years
Monaco, Oct 31 (IANS/CMC) Jamaican discus thrower Traves Smikle has been suspended for two years for using a banned substance, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) announced. IAAF Thursday...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
How to chequemate your creditor (The Funny Side)
Cheques are dying out, a report says. This is a tragic loss of an ancient Asian invention - so I learned from the new Museum of Accountancy in India. That country invented that form of promissory note way back in the...
Read more on Business Balla
 
110 Mexican women pose nude for US photographer
San Miguel de Allende (Mexico), Oct 31 (IANS/EFE) As many as 110 women posed nude as a group here for US photographer Spencer Tunick, who conducted a photo shoot with the theme of Mexico's Day of the Dead. With just a...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Gibson appointed England bowling coach on temporary basis
London, Oct 31 (IANS/CMC) Former West Indies head coach Ottis Gibson has been appointed as a bowling coach for England on a temporary basis. Gibson will participate in a fast-bowling performance camp in South Africa...
Read more on Sport Balla