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Math Whizzes of Ancient Babylon Figured Out Forerunner of Calculus

This video from Science discusses new research that suggests that ancient Babylonian astronomers employed sophisticated geometric methods that foreshadowed the development of calculus. They used these methods to help predict the positions of celestial bodies, like Jupiter, and they did so much earlier than previously thought—around 50 B.C.E. instead of in the 14th century. You can read more about this research by reading the article, Math whizzes of ancient Babylon figured out forerunner of calculus.

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