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    Babylonian scholars may have invented Trigonometry

    Source: https://www.theverge.com/2017/8/26/16209080/ancient-clay-tablet-babylonian-math-trigonometry-archeology



    An ancient clay tablet shows that Babylonian scholars might have invented trigonometry

    A new interpretation into the nature of an ancient clay tablet known as Plimpton 322 claims that ancient Babylonians might have developed an advanced form of trigonometry — long before Greek mathematicians are commonly believed to have invented the concept.

    That’s the theory put forward by two mathematicians from the University of New South Wales, Daniel F. Mansfield and Norman Wildberger, who published their study in the latest issue of Historia Mathematica. They claim that the tablet demonstrates a sophisticated understanding of mathematics, and that modern assumptions of the field should be reexamined in light of the interpretation.

    The tablet in question is approximately five inches wide by three inch tall, and dates back to somewhere between 1822 and 1762 BCE. It was discovered by an American archeologist and diplomat named Edgar Banks in Larsa (what is now in southern Iraq) in the early 1920s. Banks sold the tablet to New York publisher George Arthur Plimpton, who later bequeathed it and his collection to Columbia University.

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    Yeah, I saw that the other day - I'm still ticked off at those guys for not being around when I had to take trig!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teallaura View Post
    Yeah, I saw that the other day - I'm still ticked off at those guys for not being around when I had to take trig!
    You just needed to learn base 60 math, and it would be easy as pie!
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    So now we know who to blame.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raphael View Post
    So now we know who to blame.
    I actually enjoyed studying trig and calculus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shunyadragon View Post
    Source: https://www.theverge.com/2017/8/26/16209080/ancient-clay-tablet-babylonian-math-trigonometry-archeology



    An ancient clay tablet shows that Babylonian scholars might have invented trigonometry

    A new interpretation into the nature of an ancient clay tablet known as Plimpton 322 claims that ancient Babylonians might have developed an advanced form of trigonometry — long before Greek mathematicians are commonly believed to have invented the concept.

    That’s the theory put forward by two mathematicians from the University of New South Wales, Daniel F. Mansfield and Norman Wildberger, who published their study in the latest issue of Historia Mathematica. They claim that the tablet demonstrates a sophisticated understanding of mathematics, and that modern assumptions of the field should be reexamined in light of the interpretation.

    The tablet in question is approximately five inches wide by three inch tall, and dates back to somewhere between 1822 and 1762 BCE. It was discovered by an American archeologist and diplomat named Edgar Banks in Larsa (what is now in southern Iraq) in the early 1920s. Banks sold the tablet to New York publisher George Arthur Plimpton, who later bequeathed it and his collection to Columbia University.

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    That the ancient Babylonians knew of and employed some of the concepts of trigonometry is nothing new. See for example The Crest of the Peacock: Non-European Roots of Mathematics by George Gheverghese Joseph not to mention it has long been suspected that the Babylonian clay tablet known as Plimpton 322 contains a trigonometrical table since R. Creighton Buck brought it up in 1980.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teallaura View Post
    Yeah, I saw that the other day - I'm still ticked off at those guys for not being around when I had to take trig!
    I loved trig and I used it a a surveyor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rogue06 View Post
    That the ancient Babylonians knew of and employed some of the concepts of trigonometry is nothing new. See for example The Crest of the Peacock: Non-European Roots of Mathematics by George Gheverghese Joseph not to mention it has long been suspected that the Babylonian clay tablet known as Plimpton 322 contains a trigonometrical table since R. Creighton Buck brought it up in 1980.
    The point of the article is that there is a more complete translation of tablet providing more details of the Babylonian knowledge of trigonometry. Yes, there is a bit of hype here, but nonetheless the improved translation showed how the Babylonian math developed trigonometry.

    Most likely trigonometry and the similar math of early cultures developed over time through the engineering of their building methods.
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