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A new exhibition in New York, called "Before Pythagoras: The Culture of Old Babylonian Mathematics," is casting doubt on whether Euclid and Pythagoras were the first in their class at mathematics. It seems the Babylonians were calculating the length of the hypoteneuse 1000 years ahead of them.

[www.cnn.com]

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Over 1,000 years before Pythagoras was calculating the length of a hypotenuse, sophisticated scribes in Mesopotamia were working with the same theory to calculate the area of their farmland.

Working on clay tablets, students would "write" out their math problems in cuneiform script, a method that involved making wedge-shaped impressions in the clay with a blunt reed.

These tablets bear evidence of practical as well as more advanced theoretical math and show just how sophisticated the ancient Babylonians were with numbers -- more than a millennium before Pythagoras and Euclid were doing the same in ancient Greece.

Any mathematicians like to comment?

Carol


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