Ancient Babylonian astronomers calculated Jupiter’s position from the area under a time-velocity graph

@article{Ossendrijver2016AncientBA,
  title={Ancient Babylonian astronomers calculated Jupiter’s position from the area under a time-velocity graph},
  author={M. Ossendrijver},
  journal={Science},
  year={2016},
  volume={351},
  pages={482 - 484}
}
  • M. Ossendrijver
  • Published 2016
  • Mathematics, Medicine
  • Science
  • Babylonian astronomers tracked Jupiter Ancient Babylonian astronomers developed many important concepts that are still in use, including the division of the sky into 360 degrees. They could also predict the positions of the planets using arithmetic. Ossendrijver translated several Babylonian cuneiform tablets from 350 to 50 BCE and found that they contain a sophisticated calculation of the position of Jupiter. The method relies on determining the area of a trapezium under a graph. This… CONTINUE READING
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