Originally posted by General Putzer
Aristotle tackled Zeno's Paradox, I believe, along with trying to find a way to measure the area bounded by a curve, reducing the solution into smaller parts ad infinitum. It's sad that he was soooooooooo close to developing integral calculus before he was slain by a Roman soldier and the library at Alexandria was sacked and burned, destroying so much ...[text shortened]... eveloped fully in 300 BC instead of the late 1600's. There's a "what if" question for you.
Indeed, gunpowder would have not been far behind and the knowledge of trajectories given by the new maths. It almost happened in china too, they were delving into infintesimals also.
And there were supposedly batteries in Iraq a few thousand years ago too. BTW, while we are on the subject of ancients, did you get the news about the huge pyramids discovered in Bosnia? 220 meters high, the locals always called them Pyramid hills, not realizing they actually WERE pyramids.