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"Detail showing three columns of glyphs from La Mojarra Stela 1. The left column uses Maya numerals to show a Long Count date of, or 156 CE"

Maya numerals

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"Culture and Math:
The Maya


15/31 min., 2006, CC, DVD 1110

Tape, Culture and Math: The Maya.

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Mayan Numerals, 5 + 8 = 13.Mayan Numerals



Mayan Numerals, 5 + 8 = 13.

Mayan Numerals, 13-5=8.

Maya numerals -- Wikipedia

Mayan Calendar

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How did the Mayas Represent Numbers? -- Archimedes' Laboratory

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"Explore the many achievements of the Maya, a Mesoamerican civilization that was at its peak while Europe was shrouded in the Dark Ages. Discover the mathematical system that showed them how to build pyramids and chart the stars and the written language they left behind to tell us of their triumphs."

"If math is a universal language, then culture should not be an influence. Yet, history tells a different story. Some of mathematics' greatest achievements occurred because of cultural influence. The many achievements of the ancient Maya included a number system as sophisticated as our own. This base 20 system also included a value for zero, a remarkable mathematical achievement that occurred independently of Europe."

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  • zero

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