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How ancient Babylonian land surveyors developed a unique form of trigonometry — 1,000 years before the Greeks

By Daniel Mansfield, Senior lecturer, UNSW
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Our modern understanding of trigonometry harks back to ancient Greek astronomers studying the movement of celestial bodies through the night sky.

But in 2017, I showed the ancient Babylonians likely developed their own kind of “proto-trigonometry” more than 1,000 years before the Greeks. So why were the Babylonians interested in right-angled triangles? What did they use them for?

I have spent the past few years trying to find out. My research, published today in Foundations of Science,…


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