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Old Babylonian mathematics and Plimpton 322 A new understanding of the OB tablet Plimpton 322

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Published on 22 Nov 2021 / In Film & Animation

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Apparently there are very few people who can read the Babylonian language, in the Cuneiform script - but their hexadecimal or SIXTY based numerical system, is the basis of many things we use today. What they are saying is that the script on the Plimpton 322 tablet is not about measuring angles, it's about the precision of the ratios, which is exactly right using the sexagesimal system, where as the pythagorean mathematics never get an exact answer (Pi) because it is a translation of the angles in a base 10 system.

*Modern usage
Further information: Degree (angle) § Subdivisions, Minute and second of arc, Hour, Minute, and Second
Modern uses for the sexagesimal system include measuring angles, geographic coordinates, electronic navigation, and time.[16]

One hour of time is divided into 60 minutes, and one minute is divided into 60 seconds. Thus, a measurement of time such as 3:23:17 (3 hours, 23 minutes, and 17 seconds) can be interpreted as a whole sexagesimal number (no sexagesimal point), meaning 3 × 602 + 23 × 601 + 17 × 600 seconds. However, each of the three sexagesimal digits in this number (3, 23, and 17) is written using the decimal system.

Similarly, the practical unit of angular measure is the degree, of which there are 360 (six sixties) in a circle. There are 60 minutes of arc in a degree, and 60 arcseconds in a minute.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/....Babylonian_mathemati
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexagesimal
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babylonian_astronomy

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plimpton_322

https://www.youtube.com/result....s?search_query=Sexag

https://www.loc.gov/collection....s/world-digital-libr

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bigintol03
bigintol03 9 months ago

Well...that was WAY the fuck over my head, but props to the guys who are smart enough to figure it out!

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Life_N_Times_of_Shane_T_Hanson

replied above. ^^^^^

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bigintol03
bigintol03 9 months ago

@Life_N_Times_of_Shane_T_Hanson: Indeed you did! lol

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