Discussion of large systems

Robert Feldman r_a_feldman at hotmail.com
Fri Nov 3 17:00:24 CST 2006


No, quipus were to record information, not perform computations or logic. 
Also, they appeared a couple of thousand years after Stonehenge. Most quipus 
are Inka, which date them after ca. 1100 AD, although, IIRC, there are Wari 
quipus (ca 500AD). The Moche (200 BC-400AD) possibly used colored beans in a 
similar way (the first bean counters!).

Bob


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>Subject: Re: Discussion of large systems Date: Fri, 03 Nov 2006 15:47:29 
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>In article <20061103143309.O22324 at shell.lmi.net>,
>     Fred Cisin <cisin at xenosoft.com>  writes:
>
> > On Fri, 3 Nov 2006, M H Stein wrote:
> > > Speaking of unit record equipment, another candidate for the
> > > "first" programmed "computer"?:
> >
> > Stonehenge.
> > But, it took a LOT of "programmers" to make even a simple change.
>
>I wonder if the Quipu was first?
><http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quipu>
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