. Babylonians May Have Discovered Trigonometry 1,500 Years Before the Greeks Invented It « JO LEE MAGAZINE


An Australian mathematician has discovered that Babylonians may have used applied geometry roughly 1,500 years before the Greeks supposedly invented its foundations, according to a new study published in the Foundations of Science journal this month. In 2018, Daniel F. Mansfield, a researcher at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, interpreted the mysterious numbers that were inscribed onto an ancient fragmented clay tablet called Plimpton 322. The tablet, which was made in ancient Mesopotamia (now Iraq) between 1822–1762 B.C.E., has long been an object of fascination.

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