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Ancient Babylonians Used Sophisticated Geometry, Study Finds

Ancient Babylonian astronomers were way ahead of their time, using sophisticated geometric techniques that until now had been considered an achievement of medieval European scholars. That is the finding of a study published Thursday that analyzed four clay tablets dating from 350 to 50 B.C. featuring the wedge-shaped ancient Babylonian cuneiform script. The tablets describe how to track the planet Jupiter's path across the sky. "No one expected this," said Mathieu...

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