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Yucatan Children Learn Math Better Thanks to Ancient Mayan Numeral System

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Perhaps the ease of the system lies in the fact that the Maya invented a numeral system as an instrument for measuring time - and not to do mathematical calculations. Therefore, the Mayan numbers have more to do with days, months and years, as well as the way they organized their calendar. This difference in focus shows in the Mayan numeral system as there are only three symbols used to represent numbers, although their forms could vary according to the application: some were used for monuments, others for codices, and others were human representations.

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