SIMMER Presentation

*”Problems and
Puzzles in Babylonian Mathematics***”
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The
ancient Babylonians (ca. 1800 B.C.) possessed a sophisticated mathematics based
on a positional base-sixty number system. Records of their mathematical
achievements are found on clay tablets first unearthed by European
archaeologists in the nineteenth century. Among other achievements the
Babylonians were able to solve what we would today call quadratic equations and
possessed rules for generating Pythagorean triplets of numbers.

Here are some of the notes, references, sample problems.

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