A question of mathematics 


Who between the Egyptians, the Greeks or the Arabs first invented mathematics? Here, I mean not just how many bushels make a loaf but calculations for pi, hypotenuse, area of a sphere and so on?

Diop maintain it was the Egyptians and there are papyrus dating far back as 2000bce to prove it. 

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25 thoughts on “A question of mathematics 

  1. basenjibrian says:

    I am imagining whoever the Pleaidians contacted first, Maka. Given the construction of pyramids far beyond the capacity of man, obviously the Egyptians. 🙂

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  2. Swarn Gill says:

    It seems likely that a lot of these things were developed independently. For a long time these things had little application. In India, although admittedly much later around (1000 BCE), you have fairly complicated trigonometry, geometry, and wide order of magnitude in numbers written into vedic poetry. In some cases they found the math intentionally wrong just for purposes of making verses rhyme. lol But it seems to me that a lot of math is discoverable without any real existing applications. Ancient Indian society simply found math as beautiful and evidence of the beauty of the universe. The Greeks seem to have had similar attitudes towards geometry. Pythagoras even had his own cult centered around geometry and rational numbers! Yeah he wasn’t a big fan of pi. lol

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    • makagutu says:

      The argument is that Pythagoras, Aristotle, Galen were plagiarists. They failed to acknowledge their teachers.
      Indeed, I think any advanced civilization with a group of people whose material existence is taken care of will be able to come up with some math.

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  3. NeuroNotes says:

    Here’s a decent, detailed write-up on it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_mathematics

    “The most ancient mathematical texts available are Plimpton 322 (Babylonian c. 1900 BC), the Rhind Mathematical Papyrus (Egyptian c. 2000–1800 BC), and the Moscow Mathematical Papyrus (Egyptian c. 1890 BC). All of these texts concern the so-called Pythagorean theorem, which seems to be the most ancient and widespread mathematical development after basic arithmetic and geometry.

    Prehistoric artifacts discovered in Africa, dated 20,000 years old or more suggest early attempts to quantify time.The Ishango bone, found near the headwaters of the Nile river (northeastern Congo), may be more than 20,000 years old and consists of a series of tally marks carved in three columns running the length of the bone. Common interpretations are that the Ishango bone shows either the earliest known demonstration of sequences of prime numbers or a six-month lunar calendar.”

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  4. Ubi Dubium says:

    The Egyptians used a base-ten system, had some fractions, and knew about the 3-4-5 right triangle, and some other geometry. But they didn’t have the idea of place value. The Babylonians gave us the 360º circle. A lot of our math came from ancient Greece, but our placeholder zero came from India, I think.

    Any civilization that has a central government is going to have do develop basic mathematics, so it can keep track of tax collections. I don’t think any one culture invented math, every culture developed some, and then advances in one civilization spread out to others.

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  5. Math was given to humans by beings from outer space around the year 1230 ALTA (a long time ago). Don’t you watch YouTube videos? 🙂

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  6. And here I thought math was just made up to punish modern children for having a relatively better existence than their parents. I learned something new today.

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  7. john zande says:

    I know the Indians invented 0 (zero)

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