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3,700-Year-Old Babylonian Stone Tablet Is Translated

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Did the Babylonians develop trigonometry prior to the Greeks? Researchers have evidence to suggest that this may be the case after translating a 3,700 year old Babylonian stone tablet:

“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.” [Stated by Dr. Daniel Mansfield of the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of New South Wales Faculty of Science in a university news release.]

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