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Mathematics in Ancient Iraq A Social History

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ISBN-10: 069109182X

ISBN-13: 9780691091822

Edition: 2009

Authors: Eleanor Robson, Eleanor Robson

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This work traces the origins and development of mathematics in the ancient Near East, from its earliest beginnings in the fourth millennium BCE to the end of the indigenous intellectual culture in the second century BCE when cuneiform writing was gradually abandoned.
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List price: $79.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 9/28/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 472
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.49" long x 1.42" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
Scope, Methods, Sources
The Subject: Ancient Iraq and Its Mathematics
The Artefacts: Assyriological and Mathematical Analysis
The Contexts: Textuality, Materiality, and Social History
Before the Mid-Third Millennium
Background and Evidence
Quantitative Management and Emerging Statehood
Enumeration and Abstraction
Symmetry, Geometry, and Visual Culture
Conclusions
The Later Third Millennium
Background and Evidence
Maps, Plans, and Itineraries: Visual and Textual Representations of Spatial Relationships
Accounting for Time and Labour: Approximation, Standardisation, Prediction
The Development of the Sexagesimal Place Value System (SPVS)
Conclusions
The Early Second Millennium
Background and Evidence
Metrology, Multiplication, Memorisation: Elementary Mathematics Education
Words and Pictures, Reciprocals and Squares
Measurement, Justice, and the Ideology of Kingship
Conclusions
Assyria
Background and Evidence
Palatial and Mercantile Numeracy in Early Assyria
Counting Heads, Marking Time: Quantifications in Royal Inscriptions and Records
Aru: Number Manipulation in Neo-Assyrian Scholarship
Conclusions
The Later Second Millennium
Background and Evidence
Tabular Accounting in Southern Babylonia
Land Surveyors and Their Records in Northern Babylonia
Quantification as Literary Device in the Epic of Gilgames
Conclusions
The Early First Millennium
Background and Evidence
Libraries and Schools: The Formalisation of the First-Millennium Scribal Curriculum
Home Economics: Numeracy in a Mid-First-Millennium Urban Household
Measuring Houses, Maintaining Professionalism
Conclusions
The Later First Millennium
Background and Evidence
Babylon: Mathematics in the Service of Astronomy?
Achaemenid Uruk: The Sangu-Ninurta and Ekur-zakir Families
Seleucid Uruk: The Hunzu and Sin-leqi-unninni Families
Conclusions
Epilogue
The Big Picture: Three Millennia of Mathematics in Ancient Iraq
Ancient Mathematics in the Modern World
Inside Ancient Mathematics: Translation, Representation, Interpretation
The Worlds of Ancient Mathematics: History, Society, Community
Conclusions
Metrological Systems
Published Mathematical Tablets
Notes
Bibliography
Index of Tablets
Subject Index