A black and white rendition of the Yale Babylonian Collection's Tablet YBC 7289 (c. 1800–1600 BCE), showing a Babylonian approximation to the square root of 2 (1 24 51 10 w: sexagesimal) in the context of Pythagoras' Theorem for an isosceles triangle. The tablet also gives an example where one side of the square is 30, and the resulting diagonal is 42 25 35 or 42.4263888.
Computational mathematics is an area of
mathematics devoted to the interaction between mathematics and
computer computation.^{
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Computational mathematics refers also to the use of computers for mathematics itself. This includes mathematical experimentation for establishing
conjectures (particularly in
number theory), the use of computers for proving theorems (for example the
four color theorem), and the design and use of
proof assistants.
Areas of computational mathematics
Computational mathematics emerged as a distinct part of applied mathematics by the early 1950s. Currently, computational mathematics can refer to or include:
^Future Directions in Computational Mathematics, Algorithms, and Scientific Software, Report of panel chaired by R. Rheinbold, 1985.
Distributed by SIAM.
Cucker, F. (2003). Foundations of Computational Mathematics: Special Volume. Handbook of Numerical Analysis. North-Holland Publishing.
ISBN978-0-444-51247-5.