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

wiggers

Special cases

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

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pythagorean_triple

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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