The beginning of the computer age was in antiquity. Cryptic diagrams, mathematical riddles, astronomy, etc. explored in this book.
Solving Life's Mysteries
SHOULDN'T COMPUTERS HAVE BEEN INVENTED IN ANCIENT AFRICA? The genesis of "binary expansions" or "binary numbers," where a number is expressed as a string of 0's and 1's or alternately as a sum of powers of 2 is apparently very ancient. Like their modern counterparts, the ancients made some interesting observations about "binary numbers." The number system consisting of just two values, 0 and 1, is the smallest, complete arithmetic number system. More importantly, it is the number system on which the technology of the electronic, digital computer is based. In ancient Yoruba, a tortoise shell was used to represent the value 1 or 0, depending on whether it was turned face up or face down. A necklace of 8 tortoise shell could represent as many as 16 numerical values or all strings of length 8 of 0's and 1's. The necklaces of eight tortoise shells were said to represent 16 "Odu", similar to the 8 "trigrams" attributed to the legendary first Emperor of China, "Fu Hsi," probably the generic name for Ethiopia. Fu Hsi represented 8 numerical values by using "trigrams" composed of broken or solid lines (equivalent to all strings of length 3 of 0's and 1's).
Among topics covered is the Pythagorean Equation and why it might be 4000 years old. We also discuss the arithmetic of calendar making in Egypt and Mesoamerica, including an attempt to explain why the moon was probably created simultaneously with the planet Venus, and more ideas.
This book might appeal to any amateur mathematician or sleuth of unsolved mysteries or fan of "Indiana-Jones" type mysteries.