The History of Maths

Maths first arose from the practical need to measure time and to count. The earliest evidence of primitive forms of counting occurs in notched bones and scored pieces of wood and stone. Early uses of geometry are revealed in patterns found on ancient cave walls and pottery.

As civilizations arose in Asia and the Near East, sophisticated number systems and basic knowledge of arithmetic, geometry, and algebra began to develop.

To find out about how Maths developed in different eras, click on any of the following:

Early Civilisations The Greeks and Romans
c. 2500 B.C. c. 876 B.C. c. 190 B.C. c. 100 B.C. c. 550 B.C. c. 300 B.C. c. 230 B.C. c. 210

The Middle Ages The Renaissance
c. 600 c. 829 1202 1514 1543 1550 1557

The Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
1614 1623 1654 1679 1717 1742

The Nineteenth Century
1811 1822 1858 1865

The Twentieth Century
1937 1945 1961 The 1970's 1989 1993