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* Header image description: The Chinese Zhusuan, knowledge and practices of mathematical calculation through the abacus, was inscribed in 2013 on UNESCO's Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.. Zhusuan was invented in China at the end of the 2nd century AD and reached its peak between the 13th and 16th centuries when algorithmic principles were developed. Its practitioners perform complicated roots and equations by moving small beads along the abacus stems according to defined formulas.