Dr. Daniel Mansfield and his team at the University of New South Wales in Australia have just made an incredible discovery. While studying a 3,700-year-old tablet from the ancient civilization of Babylon, they found evidence that the Babylonians were doing something astounding: trigonometry!
Most historians have credited the Greeks with creating the study of triangles' sides and angles, but this tablet presents indisputable evidence that the Babylonians were using the technique 1,500 years before the Greeks ever were.
And they figured it out 3,700 years ahead of me...and counting.— Marty Duren (@martyduren) August 25, 2017
And we're over here trying to figure out how to do trig with our TI-83s... man I love it when the ancients show what real intelligence is.— Kenny Hayse (@KennyHayse) August 25, 2017
Congratulations to Dr. Mansfield and his team on their incredible discovery...and for making trigonometry exciting!