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: Mukerjee, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Aryabhatiya of Aryabhata

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

Scroll to Top