Definition:Babylonian Clay Tablets

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The Babylonian clay tablets are the written remains of the Old Babylonian empire.

Historical Note

There are about a million Babylonian clay tablets that have been dug up from the ground in Mesopotamia.

Of these, a few hundred are concerned with mathematics and astronomy.

They indicate that the ancient Babylonians had a sophisticated knowledge of astronomy, and a number system which could express numbers to high precision.

They also indicate that they had the knowledge of how to solve quadratic equations.