Timeless Trigonometry: Plimpton 322’s Revolutionary Legacy in Mathematics

Plimpton 322,” a clay tablet originating from ancient Mesopotamia during the Old Babylonian period (1900-1600 BCE), precedes Hipparchus by over 1,000 years. This artifact not only provides novel avenues for contemporary mathematical research but also holds implications for mathematics education. The trigonometry revealed in “Plimpton 322” presents a more straightforward and precise approach, showcasing distinct advantages compared to our current methods.

The Plimpton 322 clay tablet, featuring numbers inscribed in cuneiform script.

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