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Before Pythagoras: The Culture of Old Babylonian Mathematics

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Author:New York University Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
Description: This archaeological exhibit explored the world of Old Babylonian mathematics through cuneiform tablets, and illustrates how the ancient civilization performed arithmetic on numbers based entirely on two symbols. Online highlights include images of a multiplication table found in modern-day Iraq, and another showing that Babylonian scribes knew Pythagoras' Theorem and could calculate accurate square roots.

Levels: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Languages: English
Resource Types: Museums
Math Topics: Basic Operations, Square Roots, Rational/Irrational Numbers, Constructions, History and Biography

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