## Polynesians May Have Invented Binary Math 170

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samzenpus

from the original-number dept.

from the original-number dept.

sciencehabit writes

*"How old is the binary number system? Perhaps far older than the invention of binary math in the West. The residents of a tiny Polynesian island may have been doing calculations in binary—a number system with only two digits—centuries before it was described by Gottfried Leibniz, the co-inventor of calculus, in 1703."*
## What's with this "may"? (Score:5, Insightful)

## Binary - A Number System With Only Two Digits (Score:5, Insightful)

So, decades of stories containing obscure acronyms deemed unworthy of explanation, now the editors decide

binaryneeds to be defined for the Slashdot audience.