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The Babylonian Method of Finding the Square Root of Two

Event Category:
Undergraduate Math Club
SeongEun Jung

We will explore two methods of finding the decimal approximation of the square root of two. One will be a very elementary method that only requires a single theorem from Calculus 1. The other method, which is much more interesting, was used by the Ancient Babylonians. I will explain the mathematics behind this method and why it is better than the first.

Thursday, October 19, 2023 - 5:00pm
LGRT 1681