Mesopotamian Mathematics [F-11-40]
|Location:||SUNY: Van Housen Extension SB27A|
|Classes:||1 Session 1.5 hours|
|Dates:||Thu 10:30 AM 11/17|
The presenter will give an overview of current research into Mesopotamian mathematics, especially in the Old Babylonian period from ca. 2000 – 1600 BC. In the past few decades, there has been a great improvement in our understanding of the mathematics of the period, and also new research questions and ways of looking at the evidence have spurred on the field of study.
Duncan Melville is Peterson Professor of Mathematics at SLU. His research field is Mesopotamian mathematics.
- http://it.stlawu.edu/~dmelvill/mesomath/index.html - This is the presenter's own web page posted at SLU on this topic. Enjoy this rich resource.
- http://www.nyu.edu/isaw/exhibitions/before-pythagoras/ - Before Pythagoras: The Culture of Old Babylonian Mathematics. The site is an accompaning information for an exhibit - the first one - "to explore the Old Babylonian mathematics through cuneiform tablets..." The exhibit was mounted at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University.