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Which culture had the most sophisticated mathematics?
>Babylonian
>Egyptian
>Greek
>Roman
>Mayan
>Ancient Indian
>Ancient Chinese
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jewish
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>>11876721
It sounds like a major pain in the ass to do maths with anything but arab numerals
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>3500BC-1000BC(arguable)
>5500BC-50BC(arguable since ptolemies are mostly greek)
>600BC-500AD
>500BC-400AD
>(??)1700BC-200BC
>(??)1000BC-100BC(??)
notice how different these periods are? btw i am only including the ancient period
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>>11876732
The Arabic numericals came also have contributions from India , Indians have also said gave found the concept of zero and negative numbers
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>>11876721
Why would 5 become 4?
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>>11876724
they borrowed gematria from the greeks isopsephy.
they also need sophits to use their alphabet for calculating (the common system of 9 units, 9 tens, 9 hundreds)
I would go for Roman, not because it's that complicated (I still don't know how complicated it is) but because nobody seems to know what that system actually is (most of people only know I, V & X (and probably that's some more basic system (I also wonder why 5 became 6: V is the sixth letter in hebrew. Is it because E used to be fourth, not fifth?))
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> op being quiet
not what you expected, huh?
>>11876765
Zero was used since Zen was conceptualized.
But from language point of view, I will be enormously surprised if we find out that people didn't have words like "nothing" before that.
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>>11876856
>I will be enormously surprised if we find out that people didn't have words like "nothing" before that.
And I won't:
>>Latin nīl ‘nothing’ in Horace, Odes
>>>By 1770 BC, the Egyptians had a symbol for zero in accounting texts.
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reject modern numbers, return to quantities
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>>11876856
>not what you expected, huh?
In what sense?
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>>11876765
>concept of zero
"nothing" exists in all languages
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>>11876788
because 7 assimilated 9?
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>>11877062
for the sake of justice, "imaginary" probably also does, but it took us millenia to stick it into math.
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>>11877093
hm..
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Persian
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>>11876721
>Which culture had the most sophisticated mathematics?
Persians.
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>>11876721
I really like the babylonian with its dual decimal and sexagesimal numerical system.
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>>11877026
in the sense that youre an immortal retard that gets put on the same platter as me to always defeat me make fun of me and beat me to a pulp over and over again
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>>11876721
Hindu mathematics could calculate to trillions during the time Greeks would be limited to few thousands in counting
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>>11876721

Ancient mathematics is an interesting academic discussion, but frankly real mathematics didn't get going until the last five hundred years or so. My suggestion is that the discussion may be interesting for its own sake, but at the same time it's tiddlywinks to today, the long, low part of the hockey stick. As the long-canceled mathematical historian John Derbyshire remarked in one of his histories (my paraphrase), "for thousands of years, the history of algebra proceeded from solving quadratic equations, to... solving quadratic equations (until Cardano, the renaissance, modern Europe). While this progression of scientific development can be depressing when seen from a historical point of view, it should also give the reader some humility: the fact that we've managed to proceed into higher mathematical thought at all is a small miracle."

I have deep familiarity with ancient Egyptian mathematics, some standard Greek stuff, and historical documents from Europe following all this. While I haven't compared all those categories, I think the easy answer, that the Greeks actually had the best and most sophisticated mathematics, is the truest, but that sort of crimethink will be suppressed soon. Part of the reason why I say this is because the method of presentation in Euclid and Pappus, etc (even Plato's Meno if you like) is closest to the textual exposition style which has survived in modern mathematical research texts: define terms, opine a bit, state a theorem, provide a diagram where appropriate. A mixture of text and the occasional diagram. In the Greek case (rhind papyrus), they were fumbling toward things like linear algebra, primes and algorithms in my view, but these were recorded only as curiosities, and not pursued for their own sake. Would enjoy hearing from other anons who know more about the other cultures.
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