Maths Epic Fails

A photo of Claudius Ptolemäus.
Claudius Ptolemäus.
Image credit: Theodor de Bry, public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

Ptolemy’s Geocentric Model

Ptolemy, a mathematician famous for his wrong model.

A staute of Aryabhata with one of his fingers pointing to the front.
Statue of Aryabhata.
Image credit: public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Aryabhatiya of Aryabhata

Even the wise are not free from error: Aryabhata, a 5th- 6th-century Indian mathematician, made a silly mistake in his book Aryabhatiya; he defined the square incorrectly.

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