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Who was Arya Bhata? Astronomer and Mathematician

By |2019-02-04T05:03:53-07:00July 21st, 2017|India, Religion|

Arya Bhata worked at Nalanda University, in Patna, India Where was Arya Bhata from? Arya Bhata was born about 476 AD in India. He probably came from central India, though nobody knows for sure. The Chola Empire Indian math More Indian science All our ancient India articles Where did Arya Bhata go to college? When Arya [...]

Jainism – religion in medieval India

By |2019-08-06T10:20:00-07:00July 21st, 2017|India, Religion|

Jainism: A Jain statue, possibly Mahavira, from about 1200 AD When did Jains get started? Nobody knows when people first began to follow Jain ideas. Some Jain traditions take their history back to about 2000 BC, in the Harappan period. More about Buddhism Indian religions All our India articles The first definite evidence of Jain faith, [...]

Who was Thales of Miletus? Greek Astronomy

By |2018-04-23T14:20:25-07:00July 18th, 2017|Greeks, Science|

Thales of Miletus might have watched plays in this theater at Miletus (before it had stone seats) Biography of Thales Thales was born in what's now Turkey, in the city of Miletus, about 630 BC, during the Archaic period. At that time, Miletus was a city where people spoke Greek, though it may have paid taxes or [...]

Who was Pythagoras? Greek Mathematics

By |2018-10-01T10:46:35-07:00July 18th, 2017|Greeks, Math|

Near where Pythagoras lived: Doric temple at Paestum, Italy Who was Pythagoras? Pythagoras lived in the 500s BC. He was one of the first Greek mathematical thinkers that we know about, after Thales. Who was Thales? All about Greek mathematics Lots of articles about ancient Greece Pythagoras spent most of his life in the Greek colonies in [...]

How did ancient Greek people write numbers?

By |2017-10-14T16:39:42-07:00July 18th, 2017|Greeks, Math|

How the alphabet evolved People in ancient Greece had a variety of different ways of writing down numbers, but none of them was very efficient. (And of course different Greek city-states used somewhat different systems, too). Some Greeks used a system based on writing the first letter of the word for that number. Like in Greek [...]

Greek mathematics – Geometry and Proofs

By |2019-08-19T21:34:39-07:00July 18th, 2017|Greeks, Math|

Greek mathematics: An Egyptian papyrus from about 100 AD which is a piece of one of Euclid's books Greek math: geometry not algebra Because people in ancient Greece had only very clumsy ways of writing down numbers, they didn't like algebra. Ancient Greek numbers What is algebra? All our ancient Greece articles They found it very hard [...]

Who was Euclid? History of Geometry

By |2019-05-31T20:43:18-07:00July 18th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Science|

An Egyptian papyrus from about 100 AD which is a piece of one of Euclid's books Euclid's life and background Nobody knows much about Euclid's life anymore - it is all forgotten. We only know that he worked at the University of Alexandria, in Egypt, for a while. University of Alexandria Greek mathematics Egyptian math [...]

Who was Eratosthenes? Astronomy and math

By |2019-05-30T20:45:26-07:00July 18th, 2017|Africa, Egypt, Science|

Eratosthenes of Cyrene went to school here! A classroom at the University of Alexandria (al-Ahram 2004). Who was Eratosthenes of Cyrene? Eratosthenes of Cyrene was born about 276 BC. He was born in Cyrene (modern Libya), in North Africa. North African history Early Egyptian science African science and math All our Africa articles Chief [...]

How to prove the Pythagorean Theorem

By |2018-04-23T14:18:29-07:00July 18th, 2017|Greeks, Science|

Diagram for proving the Pythagorean Theorem You can prove the Pythagorean Theorem for yourself, using the proof described on the Pythagorean Theorem page. Just get a square piece of paper, and draw the lines on it that you see in the third drawing (the drawing of a square). Draw the diagonal lines as in [...]

Who was Hipparchus? Greek astronomy

By |2019-08-15T17:58:13-07:00July 18th, 2017|Greeks, History, Science|

Antikythera mechanism: a clockwork machine to calculate how the earth and the sun move around When did Hipparchus live? Hipparchus was a Greek astronomer and mathematician in the 100s BC, in the time of the first big empires. He used trigonometry to calculate how far away the moon was from the earth. Greek astronomy Greek math - geometry History of [...]