2,300-year-old times table found on Chinese bamboo strips

Published on January 14th, 2014 | by Admin


Tsinghua multiplication table_bamboo strips2.jpg

Archaeologists in China have pieced together a collection of 2,500 bamboo strips which contain 65 ancient texts, including the world’s oldest example of a multiplication table.

The researchers suspect that officials used the multiplication table to calculate surface area of land, yields of crops and the amounts of taxes owed. “We can even use the matrix to do divisions and square roots,” says Feng. “But we can’t be sure that such complicated tasks were performed at the time.”

[Full story]

Story: Jane Qiu, Nature | Photo: Research and Conservation Centre for Excavated Text/Tsinghua Univ.

Tags: ,

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • Follow me on Twitter!   Subscribe to my RSS feed!
  • Question of the Moment

    "Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them." - Albert Einstein

    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...
  • Sponsors

  • Archives