There is a commonly held modern view that a handful of Greeks from the sixth and fifth century B.C were the pioneer of modern science. It is undoubtedly true that they attempted to explain natural phenomena in nonreligious and rational ways and coined technical terms for them, and they passed their scientific ideological knowledge to … Continue reading Did You Know: How Egyptians Rocked the World of Science Long Before the Greeks
The 13th Century Italian Leonardo Pisano was perhaps the most talented European mathematician of the Middle Ages. But we little know about his real name, as he is best known by his nickname Fibonacci. This would come as a surprise to Leonardo himself, that he has been immortalized in the famous sequence – 0, 1, … Continue reading Did You Know: What really made Italian mathematician Leonardo Pisano so famous?
We all who know even a little bit about mathematics, have heard the name 'Pythagoras' and his famous theorem 'Pythagoras' theorem'. He is often called the first 'true' mathematician and it is probably true that we owe pure mathematics to Pythagoras. Although his contribution was undoubtedly important, he remains a controversial personality in the mathematician community. … Continue reading Did You Know : The Other Sides of Pythagoras
Egyptian Numerals: In my previous article we discussed an overview of the Ancient Egyptian mathematics : Part I where we saw a glimpse of the only evidences we have : The Rhind and Moscow papyri. We will discuss more detailed analysis of these evidences. But in order to truly understand Egyptian Mathematics, it is important to … Continue reading Did You Know : The History of Egyptian Mathematics – Part II
An Overview: The early Egyptians settled along the fertile Nile valley as early as about 6000 BC, and they began to record the patterns of lunar phases and the seasons, both for agricultural and religious reasons. The Pharaoh’s surveyors used measurements based on body parts to measure land and buildings very early in Egyptian history, … Continue reading Did You Know : The History of Egyptian Mathematics – Part I
In ancient times, "Chinese mathematics", was defined as the "art of calculation" (Suan chu). Mathematics, or the art of calculation, was both practical and spiritual. It covered a wide range of subjects; from religion and astronomy to water control and administration. Today speakers of Chinese use three written numeral systems: the system of Arabic numerals … Continue reading Did You Know: The History of Numerals: Chinese Numerals