This article appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald – by Daniella White (August 5, 2021)
For more than a century, an unassuming ancient Mesopotamian clay tablet depicting a land sale has been lying in plain sight in an Istanbul museum.
Sydney mathematician Daniel Mansfield has now revealed the 3700-year-old artefact from the Old Babylonian period contains the earliest example of complex geometry in the world, in research published in Foundations of Science.
Dr Daniel Mansfield’s research shows the 3700-year-old artifact from the Old Babylonian period contains the earliest example of complex geometry in the world. UNSW