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Re^2: Algorithm questions...

by kaif (Friar)
on Apr 15, 2006 at 01:03 UTC ( #543466=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Algorithm questions...
in thread Algorithm questions...

Five and a half years later: How did the Babylonians handle irrational numbers? Or should I just look at the book?


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Re^3: Algorithm questions...
by Elias (Pilgrim) on Apr 28, 2006 at 17:58 UTC
    Apparently not wittingly, but they dit work on approximations to the root of 2. Babylonians had the basic concept of pythagoras's theorem, but the greeks gave birth to irrational numbers as such. It was one of pythagoras's pupils - Hipposus - who first struggled with the root of 2 and came to the conclusion that some numbers where irrational. Faced with such irrationality from one of his pupils, Pythagoras ordered Hipposus to be drowned.

    (I can think of a student or two I may have done something similar to for lesser reasons ;).

    http://www.geocities.com/mathimoh/irrational.html
    http://members.aol.com/bbyars1/first.html
    http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/HistTopics/Real_numbers_1.html

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