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Venetian Mercant Giovanni Bianchini Used The Decimal Point 150 Years Before Christopher Clavius

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Giovanni Bianchini presented by Borso I d’Este offers Emperor Frederick III a copy of the Tabulae Astrologiae. A 16th-century painting. Credit: Public Domain

The creation of the decimal point was a game-changer. It paved the way for the decimal system, revolutionizing calculations across various fields. This breakthrough made dealing with fractions as straightforward as handling whole numbers, simplifying tasks for many, but who was the individual who used the decimal point first?

It was long thought that Christopher Clavius, a German mathematician, was the first to use the decimal system in 1593 in his creation of astronomical tables, but a new study reveals this is not the case.

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