January 29, 2016

Ancient Astronomy

Dana Mathewson

Something apolitical for a change. We've known the Babylonians (aka the Chaldeans) were crackerjack mathematicians. I believe they taught the Egyptians everything THEY knew, and there's a theory that Kufu's pyramid is, or began as, an observatory.

The strange shapes on these ancient tablets reveal something startling about astronomy
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IB Times UK, Hannah Osborne Jan 28, 2016 | 11:05 PM ET Trustees of the British Museum/Mathieu Ossendrijver The ancient Babylonians used geometry to calculate the position of Jupiter 1,400 years before scholars in Europe were believed to have come up with the technique. The discovery is the earliest ever example of geometry being used to calculate positions of spacetime - and could indicate Western science was influenced by these ancient astronomers. Mathieu Ossendrijver, a professor at Humboldt Read the full story

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