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Lengths, Widths, Surfaces: A Portrait of Old Babylonian Algebra and Its Kin (Sources and Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physic)

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In this examination of the Babylonian cuneiform "algebra" texts, based on a detailed investigation of the terminology and discursive organization of the texts, Jens Høyrup proposes that the traditional interpretation must be rejected. The texts turn out to speak not of pure numbers, but of the dimensions and areas of rectangles and other measurable geometrical magnitudes, often serving as representatives of other magnitudes (prices, workdays, etc...), much as pure numbers represent concrete magnitudes in modern applied algebra. Moreover, the geometrical procedures are seen to be reasoned to the same extent as the solutions of modern equation algebra, though not built on any explicit deductive structure.

Table of Contents

I. Introduction / II. A New Reading / III. Select Textual Examples / IV. Methods / V. Further "Algebraic" Texts / VI. Quasi-Algebraic Geometry / VII. Old Babylonian "Algebra": A Global Characterization / VIII. The Historical Framework / IX. The "Finer Structure" of the Old Babylonian Corpus / X. The Origin and Transformations of Old Babylonian Algebra / XI. Repercussions and Influences / XII. Index of Tablets / XIII. Index of Akkadian and Sumerian Terms and Key Phrases / XIV. Name Index / XV. Subject Index / XVI. Abbreviations and Bibliography

Product Details

ISBN:
9781441929457
Author:
Hoyrup, Jens
Publisher:
Springer
Author:
Høyrup, Jens
Location:
New York, NY
Subject:
General Mathematics
Subject:
Mathematics - General
Subject:
Mathematics -- History.
Subject:
History
Subject:
History of Mathematical Sciences
Subject:
History of science
Subject:
Mathematics
Subject:
Language, literature and biography
Subject:
mathematics and statistics
Subject:
Science_xHistory
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 2002
Series:
Sources and Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences
Publication Date:
20101206
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
476
Dimensions:
235 x 155 mm 1470 gr

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