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Title: 3,700-year-old Babylonian stone tablet gets translated, changes history
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URL Source: https://www.wnd.com/2023/10/3700-ye ... ts-translated-changes-history/
Published: Oct 2, 2023
Author: staff
Post Date: 2023-10-02 11:21:07 by Ada
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Views: 489
Comments: 6

They were doing trigonometry 1500 years before the Greeks.

Dr. Daniel Mansfield and his team at the University of New South Wales in Australia have just made an incredible discovery. While studying a 3,700-year-old tablet from the ancient civilization of Babylon, they found evidence that the Babylonians were doing something astounding: trigonometry!

Most historians have credited the Greeks with creating the study of triangles' sides and angles, but this tablet presents indisputable evidence that the Babylonians were using the technique 1,500 years before the Greeks ever were.

Mansfield and his team are, understandably, incredibly proud. What they discovered is that the tablet is actually an ancient trigonometry table.

Mansfield said:

"The huge mystery, until now, was its purpose – why the ancient scribes carried out the complex task of generating and sorting the numbers on the tablet. Our research reveals that Plimpton 322 describes the shapes of right-angle triangles using a novel kind of trigonometry based on ratios, not angles and circles. It is a fascinating mathematical work that demonstrates undoubted genius."

"The tablet not only contains the world's oldest trigonometric table; it is also the only completely accurate trigonometric table, because of the very different Babylonian approach to arithmetic and geometry. This means it has great relevance for our modern world. Babylonian mathematics may have been out of fashion for more than 3,000 years, but it has possible practical applications in surveying, computer graphics and education. This is a rare example of the ancient world teaching us something new."

The tablet predates Greek astronomer Hipparchus, who has long been regarded as the father of trigonometry. Mansfield's colleague, Norman Widberger, added:

"Plimpton 322 predates Hipparchus by more than 1,000 years. It opens up new possibilities not just for modern mathematics research, but also for mathematics education. With Plimpton 322 we see a simpler, more accurate trigonometry that has clear advantages over our own." "A treasure trove of Babylonian tablets exists, but only a fraction of them have been studied yet. The mathematical world is only waking up to the fact that this ancient but very sophisticated mathematical culture has much to teach us." People were understandably excited by the news.

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#1. To: Ada (#0)

"Plimpton 322 predates Hipparchus by more than 1,000 years. It opens up new possibilities not just for modern mathematics research, but also for mathematics education. With Plimpton 322 we see a simpler, more accurate trigonometry that has clear advantages over our own." "A treasure trove of Babylonian tablets exists, but only a fraction of them have been studied yet. The mathematical world is only waking up to the fact that this ancient but very sophisticated mathematical culture has much to teach us." People were understandably excited by the news.

Ha ha HA! I'm going to bet myself $1000 that I never meet anybody who is excited about this "incredible discovery". And I'm going to go ahead and spend the money now, because I know I will win that bet.

StraitGate  posted on  2023-10-02   12:04:29 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: StraitGate (#1)

It is an interesting history thing. But I guess it would be more interesting if the entire world wasn't in the process of completely collapsing back to the Babylonian age.

Pinguinite  posted on  2023-10-02   13:42:52 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Pinguinite, StraitGate, Ada (#2)

The Babylonians learned trigonometry from the Egyptians. The Greek also learned from the Egyptians that the earth was round and not flat. The Pythagoreans taught their children that the earth was round by going to the harbor and watching boats arrive. If the earth were flat, you would see the top of the sail at the same time as the hull.

The Truth of 911 Shall Set You Free From The Lie

Horse  posted on  2023-10-02   14:42:12 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Pinguinite (#2)

Here's Wikipedia on the Plimpton 322 clay tablet:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P limpton_322

StraitGate  posted on  2023-10-02   19:21:47 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: StraitGate (#4)

would have come in handy fifty years ago when I was in school, have they found anything resembling crossword puzzles?

ghostrider  posted on  2023-10-02   20:23:48 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Pinguinite (#2)

Alas, an engineered collapse. I'm betting that Nebuchadnezzar II's magnificent hanging gardens wouldn't hold up very well against today's marauding "teens".

StraitGate  posted on  2023-10-02   20:42:55 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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