The History of Math Essay

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The History of Math

The history of math has become an important study, from ancient to modern times it has
been fundamental to advances in science, engineering, and philosophy. Mathematics started
with counting. In Babylonia mathematics developed from 2000B.C. A place value notation
system had evolved over a lengthy time with a number base of 60. Number problems were
studied from at least 1700B.C. Systems of linear equations were studied in the context of
solving number problems. The basic of mathematics was inherited by the Greeks and
independent by the Greeks beg the major Greek progress in mathematics was from 300 BC to
200 AD. After this time progress continued in Islamic countries Unlike the Babylonians,
the Egyptians did not develop fully their understanding of mathematics. Instead, they
concerned themselves with practical applications of mathematics. Mathematics flourished in
particular in Iran, Syria and India from 450B.C. Major progress in mathematics in Europe
began again at the beginning of the 16th Century. The 17th Century saw Napier, Briggs and
others greatly extend the power of mathematics as a calculator science with his discovery
of logarithms. Cavalieri made progress towards the calculus with his infinitesimal methods
and Descartes added the power of algebraic methods to geometry. Euclid, who lived around
300 BC in Alexandria, first stated his five postulates in his book The Elements that forms
the base for all of his later Abu Abd-Allah ibn Musa al'Khwarizmi, was born about AD 790
near Baghdad, and died about 850. His most contribution was algebra. Many say that the
Babylonians first developed systems of quadratic equations, the Babylonians had no concept
of an equation. The history of Pi encompasses many centuries. From the Babylonians, are
3.1415. Another is from the Egyptians, 3 1/8 or 3.125, which could be concluded to
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