Reply to post: Special cases

Forget trigonometry, 'cos Babylonians did it better 3,700 years ago – by counting in base 60!


Special cases

Pythagoras noted a number of special triangles, such as 3:4:5, that have integer ratios in base 10.

The Babylonians had similar special cases that can be written in base 60 as integers as shown on the tablet. Very similar techniques.

The breakthrough with sin/cos/tan is that any triangle can be described and calculated because they are continuous transcendental functions.

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