Discussion about the “Ishango Bone” and the “Lebombo Bone”

First day first class, the task which was given has been about the “Ishango Bone“ and the “Lebombo Bone“. We had to find out informations abou these two bones, informations which were answers for the questions ‚’what these bones were for ?, evidences for what they were for and 4 other questions which were based on criticision. We found out that bothe bones have been used to solve mathematical problems . Some theories claim that the ishango bone is the first evidence of the calculator or arithmeticall game. Another theorie ist that might be used as a calendar.The lebombo bone is also an old mathematical instument might be the oldest one, so older tha the ishango bone and looks similar to it. In addition to this, the Lebombo bone is still in use by some “Bushmen“ clans. Question 3 and 4 were about if the bones belonged to old or young people and to men or women ? We did not really come to concrete agreement after the discussion we had. Question 5 was connected with 3and 4 and was about why question 3 and 4 might be inappropriate to ask ? It is inappropriate to ask because we cant classify any mathematical instruments in categories like for whom they are. It´s possible that the “inventor“ was a women or very young little boy but that does not mean that it belongs to the same gender or age as the “inventor“ or “user “

My thought about the task , the task itself was not a relevant task to do on the first day but putting the whole discussion on a blog which belongs to us was a new experience for some of us and for me, too.

Sources: wikipedia

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