Search
The 3,700-year-old Babylonian tablet Plimpton 322 at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University in New York | University of New South Wales/Andrew Kelly
History

Ancient Babylonian Tablet Identified as the World’s Oldest Trigonometry Table

The Greek astronomer Hipparchus of Nicaea was thought to have invented trigonometry, but it seems the Babylonians did it first by more than 1,000 years.

The American antiquarian Edgar Banks inspired the fictional character Indiana Jones. | Wikimedia Commons
Daniel Mansfield with the Plimpton 322 tablet at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University in New York | University of New South Wales/Andrew Kelly
A close-up of the inscriptions on Plimpton 322 | University of New South Wales/Andrew Kelly
Ancient Babylonian tablet — the world's first trigonometry table | University of New South Wales