Basic Notions: Wayne Horowitz (HUJI, Archaeology department) "Some themes in Babylonian Mathematics of Astronomy".

Thu, 07/11/201916:00-17:15
Ross 70
Today, in our modern world, we perceive the physical universe in mathematical terms; whether degrees on longitude and latitude on earth, or in units of space-time beyond our earthly horizons. This talk will present two ancient cuneiform tablets from Babylonia which offer a geometric impression of the physical world as experienced by ancient Babylonians. Comparisons will be made with a range of other ancient mathematical, geographic, and astronomical materials from the cuneiform Ancient Near East.