Babylonian Numerals


  • Aug 7 2010 8:45 PM

    Rita Nutsch

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This article, from the Illuminations-reviewed History of Mathematics Archive, features information about how the Babylonians inherited mathematical ideas from the Sumerians and from the Akkadians, as well as details about the structure of their base 60 system. Topics covered include the symbols used in the Babylonian positional base 60 system, how the base 60 system was used, and several theories on why this system was used by the Babylonian culture.

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