## Who was Arya Bhata? Astronomer and Mathematician

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]