Saturday, August 26, 2017

For the Trigonometry Fans

This 3,700-year-old Babylonian clay tablet just changed the history of maths

2 comments:

Don Coffin said...

I probably need to read more about that. I was a math geek in HS, and the explanation of why a base-60 number system is superior was, well, superficial. But, generally, it's interesting to re-discover how sophisticated the mathematical thinking of ancient civilizations could be.

(On a mystery-related note, that sort of sophistication underlies the solution in Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe novella, "The Zero Clue.")

Bill Crider said...

My level of math sophistication is about third grade.