Babylonian cuneiform numerals

Babylonian cuneiform numerals

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Caption: Babylonian cuneiform numerals. Key to the clay-pressed Cuneiform numerals used in the later Babylonian period (2000BC to 75AD). The Babylonian system was a combination of both the decimal and the sexagesimal systems. As some symbols had multiple values (for example, 1 could also stand for 1/60, 60, or 60 squared) the system was often confusing, but it did find application in pure mathematics and astronomy.

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