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Proto-Calculus

The New York Times has an interesting article about Mesopotamian mathematics.  Two-thousand-year-old clay tablets excavated in the late 19th century appear to show astronomical calculations based on the movement of the planet Jupiter.  Babylonian astronomers created a velocity-time graph and appear to have calculated the distance traveled as the area under the curve.

The original article by Mathieu Ossendrijver is posted at Science magazine.

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