Babylonians developed trigonometry ’superior’ to modern day version 3,700 years ago
They also beat the Ancient Greeks to it, according to Australian academics
Friday 25 August 2017 by Ian Johnston
The Ancient Babylonians knew about a form of trigonometry more advanced than the modern-day version – about 1,000 years before its supposed invention by the Ancient Greeks, academics in Australia say.
The astonishing claim is based on a 3,700-year-old clay tablet inscribed with a table of numbers.
Known as Plimpton 322, it is already known to contain evidence that the Babylonians knew Pythagoras’ famous equation for right-angled triangles, long before the Greek philosopher gave his name to it. (...)