The Babylonian Theorem
The Mathematical Journey to Pythagoras and Euclid
By Peter S. Rudman
(Prometheus Books, Hardcover, 9781591027737, 248pp.)
Publication Date: January 2010
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He also concludes that what enabled the Greek mathematicians to surpass their predecessors was the insertion of alphabetic notation onto geometric figures. Such symbolic notation was natural for users of an alphabetic language, but was impossible for the Babylonians and Egyptians, whose writing systems (cuneiform and hieroglyphics, respectively) were not alphabetic.
This is a masterful, fascinating, and entertaining book, which will interest both math enthusiasts and students of history.