A Mathematical Egyptian Tomb Mystery?

128 Angle ProtractorsIs the world’s oldest protractor sitting in a museum in Turin?

Physicist Amelia Sparavigna thinks she has solved the mystery of a wooden box that was found over 100 years ago in the tomb of an architect from ancient Egypt, but is her theory correct?

New Scientist has a nice article with a photo of the box and some diagrams showing how it could have worked. Why not head over there and take a look for yourself?

 


Photo: 128 Angle Protractors by macattck on Flickr. Used under Creative Commons Licence.

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