Babylonian mathematical astronomy : procedure texts
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Babylonian mathematical astronomy : procedure texts
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 Babylonian mathematical astronomy : procedure texts
 Title remainder
 procedure texts
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 Mathieu Ossendrijver
 Subject

 Astronomy, Observations and Techniques.
 History of Mathematical Sciences
 History of Science.
 SCIENCE / Astronomy
 Semitic Languages
 Electronic books
 Mathematics
 Mathematics
 Electronic books
 Astronomy, AssyroBabylonian  Mathematics
 Astronomy
 Astronomy, AssyroBabylonian  Mathematics
 Astronomy, Observations and Techniques
 Electronic resources
 Astronomy
 Astronomy, AssyroBabylonian  Mathematics
 Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology
 Science  history
 History of Mathematical Sciences.
 Oriental Languages
 Science  history
 Astronomy, Astrophysics and Cosmology.
 History of Science
 Language
 eng
 Summary
 Babylonian Mathematical Astronomy: Procedure Texts contains a new analysis of the procedure texts of Babylonian mathematical astronomy. These cuneiform tablets, excavated in Babylon and Uruk and dating from 350‒50 BCE, contain computational instructions that represent the earliest known form of mathematical astronomy of the ancient world. The targeted readership includes assyriologists, historians of science, astronomers and others with an interest in Babylonian astronomy. The book includes new translations of all 108 available tablets that are based on a modern approach incorporating recent insights from assyriology and translation science. All translations are accompanied by commentaries and photographs of the tablets. The preceding chapters are devoted to documentary, lexical, semantic, mathematical and astronomical aspects of the procedure texts. Special attention is given to issues of mathematical representation, a topic that had previously been largely ignored. Mathematical concepts are presented in a didactic fashion, setting out from the most elementary ones (numbers and elementary operations) to more complex ones (algorithms and computational systems). Chapters devoted to the planets and the Moon contain updated and expanded reconstructions and astronomical interpretations of the algorithms. The author intends to continue his study of Babylonian mathematical astronomy with a new publication devoted to the Tabular Texts—the end products of Babylonian mathematical astronomy, computed with algorithms that are formulated in the present volume. The upcoming volume will contain new editions and reconstructions of over 250 tabular texts and a new philological, astronomical, and mathematical analysis of these texts
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 GW5XE
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 0
 LC call number
 QB19
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 .O87 2012
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 non fiction
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 dictionaries
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 Sources and Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences
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