[LINK] {OT} Walk against War - sunday in sydney

Antony Barry tony@tony-barry.emu.id.au
Sun, 23 Feb 2003 11:14:30 +1100


On Saturday, February 22, 2003, at 10:15 PM, Michael Still wrote:

> According to the excellent "Fermat's Last Theorem" book on Andrew 
> Wiles'
> work, the Eygptions had an algorithm for the latout of fields, but 
> didn't
> really understand how it worked, whilst Pythagoras came up with a
> generalised formula.

The Babylonians had Pythagorean triplets on clay tablets  about 
1800-165BC.  In China the Chou Pei Suan Ching (The arithmetical 
classics of the Gnomon and the circular paths of heaven) stated the 
Pythagorean theorem and predated Pythagorus by some centuries.

George Gheverghese Joseph. "The crest of the peacock: non-European 
roots of mathematics". Penguin, 1992.

Tony




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