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3,700 year old Babylonian tablet translated, revises origin of trigonometry (tweaktown.com)
1 point by wombatmobile 4 months ago | hide | past | favorite | 1 comment



> With Plimpton 322 we see a simpler, more accurate trigonometry that has clear advantages over our own.

IIRC it's more a table with right triangles than a trigonometric functions table.

The interesting part is that it use fractions with 60 in the denominator (or something like that), so some number that have an infinite representation in base 10 (like 0.33333333333...) have a finite representation with 60 (like 20/60).

It's interesting as a historical step, but it's not more accurate trigonometry and has no clear advantages. (It you like fractions more than floating point numbers, you can use Mathematica or any other program that support fractions.




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