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Proof of the Irrationality of the Square Root of Two in Babylonian Geometry Problem Tablets

@article{Altschuler2016ProofOT,
  title={Proof of the Irrationality of the Square Root of Two in Babylonian Geometry Problem Tablets},
  author={B. Altschuler and E. Altschuler},
  journal={arXiv: History and Overview},
  year={2016}
}
  • B. Altschuler, E. Altschuler
  • Published 2016
  • Mathematics
  • arXiv: History and Overview
  • One of the greatest achievements of Greek mathematics is the proof that the square root of 2 is irrational. It has not been thought that the Babylonians appreciated the concept of irrationality and certainly that they did not prove that the square root of two is irrational. Here we show that two Babylonian geometry problem tablets contain a simple proof of the irrationality of the square root of two. It is not known, as yet, if the Babylonians appreciated that these tablets indeed contained… CONTINUE READING