Scientific and Mathematical Contributions of Ancient Greece, China, and India

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Our advancements in science and mathematics are typically overlooked in today's society. We take the growth of these fields for granted, but we never really think about who developed these ideas, why they did this, or how it has affected where we are today. The truth is, we have inherited all of our scientific and mathematical skills and theories from ancient civilizations. Ancient Greece is often known for its strong advancements in philosophy. Ancient China is most well known for its inventions. The Ancient Indian civilization is usually not viewed as an important society in ancient history because they kept very few written records. Most people don't know just how important Ancient India actually was in history. The scientific and mathematical contributions of Ancient Greece, China, and India have all had a great influence on us today. Out of these three ancient civilizations, Ancient Greece has had the greatest impact over time because the majority of mathematics and science that are used and taught today originated in Ancient Greece, including geometry, cartography, and astronomy. Ancient Greek geometry is arguably the greatest mathematical achievement of Ancient Greece. The geometry that is taught in schools today is almost an exact replica of the geometry that was developed by Euclid almost 2,000 years ago. Geometric theories found in the Elements were taught directly to students until the twentieth century (Timmons, "The Three Unsolved Problems of Ancient
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