The "Chinese abacus is a simple device for performing mathematical calculations, such as subtraction, division and multiplication and it can also be used to obtain square roots and cubic roots". Known as the Fifth Invention of China's Middle Ages during the 1368-1644, the Ming Dynasty. The abacus is called “Suanpan”, calculating pan) in China. The Chinese abacus has beads strung on wires or thin wood rods. There is a divider that separates the left and right strings of beads. The Chinese abacus has two beads on the rods on one side and 5 beads on the rods on the other side of the divider. Chinese abacuses are designed to allow for hexadecimal computation. The abacus is still in use today by shopkeepers in Asia and "Chinatown's" abroad. Asian schools still teach how an abacus is used, including a few schools in the West. Blind children are also taught to use the abacus. Shows some age. This would be a wonderful item for your home or office or to give as a gift.
13.5 x 6 3/4
1 1/4 Inch Thick
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