A moral? How? What does morality have to do with mathematics and its history? Firstly, “a moral”—that of a fable—is not the same thing as morality. The moral of a fable represents the meditation that offers itself after the reading, “what can we learn from this”? In this sense, not only fables but also texts that tell history have often had the aim to suggest a moral—at least since the time of Herodotus and the Hebrew scribes who related the events of the times of Saul and David (or the fables about these presumed events).
In this sense too, the history of mathematics, and histories of mathematics, have their morals
This message disappears with the new interpretation. Old Babylonian mathematics certainly has many similarities
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