A Remarkable Collection of Babylonian Mathematical Texts: by Jöran Friberg

By Jöran Friberg

The e-book analyzes the mathematical drugs from the personal choice of Martin Schoyen. It contains analyses of drugs that have by no means been studied earlier than. this gives new perception into Babylonian realizing of subtle mathematical gadgets. The ebook is thoroughly written and arranged. The capsules are categorised in keeping with mathematical content material and goal, whereas drawings and images are supplied for the main fascinating capsules.

Show description

Read Online or Download A Remarkable Collection of Babylonian Mathematical Texts: Manuscripts in the Schøyen Collection: Cuneiform Texts I PDF

Best archaeology books

Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble

Discovering lifestyles in Ruins

Jump right into a battered Indiana Jones–style Jeep with the intrepid Marilyn Johnson and head down bone-rattling roads looking for those that dig up the prior. Johnson, the writer of 2 acclaimed books approximately quirky subcultures–The useless Beat (about obituary writers) and This publication Is late! (about librarians)–brings her irrepressible wit and interest to undergo on another unusual global, that of archaeologists. Who chooses to paintings in ruins? What's the attract of sifting via layers of airborne dirt and dust lower than a scorching solar? Why do archaeologists care so passionately approximately what's useless and buried–and why may still we?

Johnson tracks archaeologists worldwide from the Caribbean to the Mediterranean, from Newport, Rhode Island to Machu Picchu. She digs along specialists on an eighteenth-century sugar plantation and in a first-century temple to Apollo.

She hunts for our bodies with forensics archaeologists within the sizeable and creepy Pine Barrens of recent Jersey, beverages beer with an archaeologist of historical drinks, and makes stone instruments like a caveman. by way of turns a laugh and profound, Lives in Ruins and its wild forged of characters locate new how one can ponder what's worthy salvaging from our past.

Archaeologists are pushed via the affection of heritage and the race to safe its facts prior to floods and bombs, looters and thieves, and ahead of the bulldozers flow in. Why spend your lifestyles in ruins? To discover our hidden tales prior to they disappear.

Fingerprints of the Gods: The Evidence of Earth's Lost Civilization

The bestselling writer of The signal and the Seal finds the genuine origins of civilization. Connecting perplexing clues scattered during the global, Hancock discovers compelling proof of a technologically and culturally complex civilization that was once destroyed and obliterated from human reminiscence. 4 8-page picture inserts.

The glory that was Greece : Greek art and archaeology

The traditional Greeks' intensely artistic spark manifested itself in, between different issues, the humanities: in structure with the production of temples for the gods, theaters for meeting and leisure, and tombs for the useless; in sculpture that depicted the divine perfect and human frailty; and in portray that illustrated the straightforward styles of lifestyle, the poignancy of demise, and the fickleness of the gods.

The Ancient Maya Marketplace: The Archaeology of Transient Space

Buying and selling used to be the favourite profession of the Maya, in line with early Spanish observers akin to Fray Diego de Landa (1566). but students of the Maya have lengthy pushed aside trade—specifically, marketplace exchange—as unimportant. They argue that the Maya subsisted totally on agriculture, with long-distance alternate taking part in a minor function in a mostly non-commercialized financial system.

Extra info for A Remarkable Collection of Babylonian Mathematical Texts: Manuscripts in the Schøyen Collection: Cuneiform Texts I

Example text

Similar Old Babylonian “teacher-student texts” have been published before, both mathematical and nonmathematical. A new example is MS 3925 (Fig. 4), a round clay tablet inscribed on the obverse and the reverse with the same four lines from a metrological table for large weight measures. 1 d. The Proto-Literate Field Expansion Procedure The observation that in Old Babylonian mathematical cuneiform texts the sides of a field are normally counted in tens (or a few sixties) of the basic length unit, the ninda, has already been mentioned once in this section.

Three hand tablets with intricately constructed multiplication exercises. 1. Old Babylonian Multiplication Exercises 15 35 40 30 Whether this geometric interpretation is correct or not, it is clear that the three exercises on MS 2728 constitute a “continuation” of the three exercises on MS 2729. Thus, this pair of texts is another example of the way in which Old Babylonian teachers of mathematics used to hand out series of “consecutive” assignments to their students, identical except for the choice of parameters in the problems.

Similarly, 16 53 20 = 20 · 50 40 = 20 · 40 · 1 16 = 20 · 40 · 4 · 19. Therefore, 16 53 20/57 = 20 · 40 · 4 / 3 = 17 46 40. Another example of a division of a semiregular sexagesimal number by a non-regular sexagesimal number can be found in the combined market rate exercise MS 2268/19 (Fig. 2, top). There, the combined price for 3 1/2 = 3;30 units of each of five different commodities is 2;49 shekels, while the silver available is 1;00 05 20 shekels. To find out how many units of each kind can be bought for this amount of silver, one has to divide 1 00 05 20 by 2 49, and then multiply by 3 30.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.59 of 5 – based on 15 votes