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  • Startling ancient accuracy

    Startling ancient accuracy

    Much of mathematics derives from or can be reduced to the properties of triangles. An ancient scrap of a clay tablet, unearthed early in the last century in Iraq, has been found to present the properties of triangles with unprecedented sophistication and accuracy. Interpretation of the markings on the tablet, which has only now been …

    August 30, 2017