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originally posted by: Blackfinger
Maths is the true universal Language through time.
originally posted by: punkinworks10
a reply to: Harte
It is absolutley a trig table.
You have every thing you need, the value of the tangent, the length of the sine leg and the length of the hypotenuse.
How can that not be a trig table?
The table increments from ~44-3/4° down to 32°ish, by ~1/2° increments but varies a little.
The base 60 system make for very cumbersome computation, using only integers and all.
originally posted by: Harte
originally posted by: punkinworks10
a reply to: Harte
It is absolutley a trig table.
You have every thing you need, the value of the tangent, the length of the sine leg and the length of the hypotenuse.
How can that not be a trig table?
The table increments from ~44-3/4° down to 32°ish, by ~1/2° increments but varies a little.
The base 60 system make for very cumbersome computation, using only integers and all.
It's not a "true" trig table because it only uses whole numbers for the hypotenuse of the triangles.
There are an infinite number of ratios not calculated there.
What I'm saying is that it only uses Pythagorean triples.
For example, Is there a ratio present for a triangle with legs of length 6 and 7?
The discovery of so many Pythagorean triples is far more impressive than the ability to divide two whole numbers though.
Harte
originally posted by: peter vlar
a reply to: anti72
Not to take away from the substantial contributions to mathematics by Indians like Brahmagupta in the 9th century, we have to give credit where credit is due and acknowledge that that Maya utilized zero as both a placeholder and a numerical concept hundreds of years prior to the Indians and Greeks. The Maya had a base 20 system that included zero by 650 CE with use of zero going back much earlier while the Indian mathematicians didn't start to utilize zero in such a way until the 9th century and over at least a millennia spanning Mesopotamia and Babylon, concepts of zero weren't really used, at least not as a numerical value and sporadically so a sense a place holder. For an interesting historical look at the topic, I would suggest reading this- www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk...
originally posted by: Justoneman
originally posted by: Harte
originally posted by: punkinworks10
a reply to: Harte
It is absolutley a trig table.
You have every thing you need, the value of the tangent, the length of the sine leg and the length of the hypotenuse.
How can that not be a trig table?
The table increments from ~44-3/4° down to 32°ish, by ~1/2° increments but varies a little.
The base 60 system make for very cumbersome computation, using only integers and all.
It's not a "true" trig table because it only uses whole numbers for the hypotenuse of the triangles.
There are an infinite number of ratios not calculated there.
What I'm saying is that it only uses Pythagorean triples.
For example, Is there a ratio present for a triangle with legs of length 6 and 7?
The discovery of so many Pythagorean triples is far more impressive than the ability to divide two whole numbers though.
Harte
Still if this is just Geometry, it would have to be the beginnings of Trigonometry. Do reporters of any news spend time thinking clearly anymore or avoiding grandstanding to make it better click bait so we will click it? Not many IMO.
originally posted by: SlapMonkey
Just imagine the knowledge that was lost with the destruction of the Alexandria Library.
Many people scoff at the idea that we are a people with amnesia about the knowledge from antiquity, but it seems like every year, there is more and more absolute, concrete proof of this reality.
We found a large number of books in these characters and, as they contained nothing in which were not to be seen as superstition and lies of the devil, we burned them all, which they regretted to an amazing degree, and which caused them much affliction.
originally posted by: Wolfenz
originally posted by: SlapMonkey
Just imagine the knowledge that was lost with the destruction of the Alexandria Library.
Many people scoff at the idea that we are a people with amnesia about the knowledge from antiquity, but it seems like every year, there is more and more absolute, concrete proof of this reality.
I hear Yeah ,,, Lost of Knowledge let alone , Technology was Lost by Raiders, Conquerors , & from RELIGION!
just as ISIS has Done Today , and here in the States ( recently ) b
Here is a List : of the Cause :
List of destroyed libraries
en.wikipedia.org...
Maya codices of the Yucatán is One that is Bothersome
We could of Learned So Much , from the Mayan Civilization
instead of Guess Working of their Culture and HISTORY
Destroyed by the Spanish thought it was made by heretics!!
We found a large number of books in these characters and, as they contained nothing in which were not to be seen as superstition and lies of the devil, we burned them all, which they regretted to an amazing degree, and which caused them much affliction.
- Bishop Diego de Landa
Maya codices
en.wikipedia.org...
Diego de Landa
en.wikipedia.org...
originally posted by: IAMTAT
If it's so much more accurate than Base 10...Why don't we use Base 60 today?
originally posted by: 3n19m470
originally posted by: IAMTAT
If it's so much more accurate than Base 10...Why don't we use Base 60 today?
Accurate doesn't mean easy to use. Could it be that we are losing intelligence as time progresses? Or maybe, back then, there existed hybrids or other beings or something different about the humans or at least some, maybe something in their diet, the water or air or their behaviors or rituals or daily lives that enhanced their minds to be able to use this system.
Base 10 is so easy... too tempting... what would possess them to try anything else? Its a mystery to me.
originally posted by: ImmortalLegend527
a reply to: seasonal
You mortals carbon-dating system is off by 78% if not worst, that's all I have to say.
Ah, so brown people knew trigonometry before whites? Interesting. Oh, all foundations of civilizations were developed by brown people, not white?
originally posted by: Harte
originally posted by: Wolfenz
originally posted by: SlapMonkey
Just imagine the knowledge that was lost with the destruction of the Alexandria Library.
Many people scoff at the idea that we are a people with amnesia about the knowledge from antiquity, but it seems like every year, there is more and more absolute, concrete proof of this reality.
I hear Yeah ,,, Lost of Knowledge let alone , Technology was Lost by Raiders, Conquerors , & from RELIGION!
just as ISIS has Done Today , and here in the States ( recently ) b
Here is a List : of the Cause :
List of destroyed libraries
en.wikipedia.org...
Maya codices of the Yucatán is One that is Bothersome
We could of Learned So Much , from the Mayan Civilization
instead of Guess Working of their Culture and HISTORY
Destroyed by the Spanish thought it was made by heretics!!
We found a large number of books in these characters and, as they contained nothing in which were not to be seen as superstition and lies of the devil, we burned them all, which they regretted to an amazing degree, and which caused them much affliction.
- Bishop Diego de Landa
Maya codices
en.wikipedia.org...
Diego de Landa
en.wikipedia.org...
Several codices survived, you know. They are remarkable, but not that remarkable.
So it's not all just "guesswork."
Harte