Thu 24 Aug | Discover
Researchers in Australia say an ancient Babylonian tablet that’s considered the world’s oldest trigonometric table was a far more powerful tool than it’s given credit for. The article notes that Brown mathematics historian Otto Neugebauer was the first to offer insights into the purpose of the tablet. Neugebauer's theory was that the phone sized tablet contained solutions to the equation a2 + b2 = c2, which suggested at the time that Babylonians, not the Greeks, were the pioneers of trigonometry.