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A 3,700-year-old clay tablet has proven that the Babylonians developed trigonometry 1,500 years before the Greeks and were using a sophisticated method of mathematics which could change how we calculate today.
The true meaning of the tablet has eluded experts until now but new research by the University of New South Wales, Australia, has shown it is the world’s oldest and most accurate trigonometric table, which was probably used by ancient architects to construct temples, palaces and canals.
The Greek astronomer Hipparchus, who lived around 120BC, has long been regarded as the father of trigonometry, with his ‘table of chords’ on a circle considered the oldest trigonometric table.
“Plimpton 322 was a powerful tool that could have been used for surveying fields or making architectural calculations to build palaces, temples or step pyramids,” added Dr Mansfield.
originally posted by: pheonix358
It is also very likely that the Babylonians were taught by an earlier civilization.
originally posted by: Boscov
a reply to: seasonal
I don't know the answer to my question, but I wonder how many civilizations have preceded our current existing civilization, and how many have been thwarted by misinformation and hidden histories/knowledge? My guess is at least 10, but I have no idea over how far back. Surely the Babylonians knew Trigonometry, The Tower of Babel, IF it existed? It is hard to comprehend our history when so little has withstood time, and it's even harder to guess how many times Trigonometry has been discovered by a civilization. Something/someone is working against our collaboration and collective, something/someone doesn't want us to progress naturally, rather, we are often set back a couple of steps, key steps. I wonder who or what would do that, and why?