Saturday, January 30, 2016

Babylonian Use of Sophisticated Geometry

     A newly translated Babylonian tablet shows how the plant Jupiter was tracked through the heavens using a sophisticated type of geometry that scientists had previously thought was unknown until Medieval times. The tablet seems to date from sometime between 350 B. C. and 50 B.C. Here are two links to articles that will give more information on this text:

Short News Article
Journal of Science article

     In other news, Egyptologists have found some very early inscriptions in the area of Wadi Ameyra in Egypt. Supposedly the inscriptions show that Queen Neith-Hotep was not the wife of Narmer, but was actually the regent queen ruling for a very young King Djer of the First Dynasty.

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