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    Plimpton 322 is Babylonian exact sexagesimal trigonometry

    All this time I thought it was Greek to me. It actually was the Babylonians. Anyone with a mathematics background will be amazed considering the date.

    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science...15086017300691
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    Science Daily covers the story: https://www.sciencedaily.com/release...0824141250.htm

    Mathematical mystery of ancient Babylonian clay tablet solved

    Scientists have discovered the purpose of a famous 3,700-year old Babylonian clay tablet, revealing it is the world's oldest and most accurate trigonometric table, possibly used by ancient mathematical scribes to calculate how to construct palaces and temples and build canals. The new research shows the Babylonians beat the Greeks to the invention of trigonometry -- the study of triangles -- by more than 1,000 years.

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