1000 years of mathlessness.
I suppose if they had to build stuff, like aqueducts, they don't really need maths. Like none whatsoever
Because theory always precedes practice, right?
and who uses maths in practice?
i know of no math theory attributed to a roman
Have you ever tried multiplication with Roman numerals?
They probs just used algebra and abicusses.
I assume the OP is referring to the fact that the Greeks basically crushed geometry, then got crushed by the Romans, then we have to wait for a whole new religion in Islam to pop up just to figure out what algebra is. I assume it's a combination of the Roman numeral system being just about the worst in the world and the difference in cultures between Greeks and Romans
Roman contributions to math.
I didn't know its possible, then I did some googling:
I think I have enough headache for today
Try this: (MMDCCXLVII)*(MMCCCXCIV)
They were good at speaking Latin, conquest, building by over-engineering because they couldn't calculate, passing laws, and throwing great parties (not so great if you were a slave)
The Greek math tradition continued at Alexandria during the Roman period.
And fractions. I'm lead to believe that there wasn't a standard way to represent fractions using the Roman numeral system with more precision that 1/12 (they had some sort of representation for divisions by 12, but I don't know much about that).
I wonder what a fairly precise representation of [itex] \pi [/itex] would look like in the Roman numeral system (something quite a bit more more accurate than III).
My thought, too -- what a terrible numeral system. Notation is powerful!
The Romans and Greeks had very different notions of leisure, notions that defined a good part of their cultures. The former was dominated by hedonism whereas the latter was focused a good deal on natural philosophy, amongst other things.
Haha, classic Python!
The Romans had some unusual units of measurement.
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My favorite quote from that page is
I find it hard to believe that the Romans had a well-defined sense of the difference between mass and weight, and that their units were defined to be in terms of mass, not weight.
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