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Geometric proof from 1900

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1900 BC, that is. From the British Museum's Babylonian collection.
23rd Jun 2006, 18:34  

afternoon says:

Woah sweet.

2nd Jul 2006, 23:51

ladislav says:

The title's a bit of a misnomer - they wouldn't invent proof for another 1400 years or so. But still, woah. It's something to do with calculation of volume, but that was all the label said. Apparently, the Babylonians did have some concept of an algorithm, but no way of writing one down abstractly, so they'd just give lots of examples and hope you got the idea.

3rd Jul 2006, 17:55

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