# Pythagorean Theorem Found On Clay Tablet 1K Years Older Than

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18 Mar 2024, 7:11 pm

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Pythagorean Theorem Found On Clay Tablet 1,000 Years Older Than Pythagoras

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18 Mar 2024, 8:15 pm

Testing the link returns a "Secure Connection Failed" error message.

Something is not right with the website.

They're suppose to be involved in "Health and Holistic Living", so why are they covering archeology and trigonometry?

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18 Mar 2024, 8:38 pm

https://www.britannica.com/science/Pythagorean-theorem

Pythagorean theorem, the well-known geometric theorem that the sum of the squares on the legs of a right triangle is equal to the square on the hypotenuse (the side opposite the right angle)—or, in familiar algebraic notation, a2 + b2 = c2. Although the theorem has long been associated with Greek mathematician-philosopher Pythagoras (c. 570–500/490 BCE), it is actually far older. Four Babylonian tablets from circa 1900–1600 BCE indicate some knowledge of the theorem, with a very accurate calculation of the square root of 2 (the length of the hypotenuse of a right triangle with the length of both legs equal to 1) and lists of special integers known as Pythagorean triples that satisfy it (e.g., 3, 4, and 5; 32 + 42 = 52, 9 + 16 = 25). The theorem is mentioned in the Baudhayana Sulba-sutra of India, which was written between 800 and 400 BCE. Nevertheless, the theorem came to be credited to Pythagoras. It is also proposition number 47 from Book I of Euclid’s Elements.

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18 Mar 2024, 10:14 pm

A while back, there was a brief effort to "Decolonize" science and maths. This basically meant to remove the Eurocentric references to physical and mathematical principles.

For example, "Newton's Laws of Gravity" were to be called simply "The Laws of Gravity", and that whole story of the apple hitting Sir Isaac on the head was to be dropped from all curricula; "Einstein's Theory of Relativity" was to be called "The Theory of Relativity" or more simply "The Relativity Theory"; and so forth.  The movement seems to have dissipated like so much hot air.

I guess "Pythagoras' Theory" is also much easier to say than, "The Square-Root of the Sum of the Squares Theory of Right Triangles".

Whatever . . .

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18 Mar 2024, 10:28 pm

*Rubs hands together* "Ancient Aliens here we come!"

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19 Mar 2024, 12:50 am
*Rubs hands together* "Ancient Aliens here we come!"

It turns out the 'ancient aliens' were humans from earth all along.

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19 Mar 2024, 1:41 am

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It turns out the 'ancient aliens' were humans from earth all along.

Thats what the aliens want you to think...

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19 Mar 2024, 11:12 am

funeralxempire wrote:
It turns out the 'ancient aliens' were humans from earth all along.

Thats what the aliens want you to think...

All of the lack of evidence for aliens is actually proof they're trying to trick us, just like when God had all his angels bury the dinosaur bones to trick us into thinking the earth isn't 6000 years old.

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19 Mar 2024, 3:56 pm

funeralxempire wrote:
funeralxempire wrote:
It turns out the 'ancient aliens' were humans from earth all along.

Thats what the aliens want you to think...

All of the lack of evidence for aliens is actually proof they're trying to trick us, just like when God had all his angels bury the dinosaur bones to trick us into thinking the earth isn't 6000 years old.

On a serious note, all archaeology is revealing is how much older technology is compared to conventional dating. So this discovery isn't that earth shattering. There is also an over-obsession with the fertile crescent and Mediterranean as the foundation of "high knowledge" which through manifest destiny passed the torch to Greeks .

A simple example of how mathematics (specifically calculus) was known far away as the south Pacific islands. In the south pacific there is a structure called Nan Madol which is made up of thousands of stones weighing several tonnes scattered all over the island. It once formed a massive fortress and nobody knows how old it is and the local pacific islanders don't even know, they claim it was built when they arrived. The technology to move thousands of stones most weighing several tonnes is unknown but laughable you could carry even one stone on lashed rafts of wood let alone thousands.

The mathematics of Nan madol is in the remains of the fortress which show evidence of knowing how load bearing works. Knowledge thought to be developed by the romans in creating load bearing archways was replicated thousands of miles away in the south pacific requiring knowledge of calculus.