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Published by Princeton University Press in Princeton, N.J .
Written in English

Subjects:

  • Mathematics, Ancient -- Iraq -- History,
  • Mathematics -- Iraq -- History

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About the Edition

Mixes archaeological and social (including textual and linguistic) detail to trace the development and use of mathematics in ancient Iraq over the last three centuries BCE.

Edition Notes

StatementEleanor Robson.
Classifications
LC ClassificationsQA22 .R629 2008
The Physical Object
Paginationxxvii, 441 p. :
Number of Pages441
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL23145375M
ISBN 10069109182X
ISBN 109780691091822
LC Control Number2007041758

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The uses of mathematics in ancient Iraq, – BC Eleanor Robson Introduction Every culture has mathematics, but some have more than others. The cuneiform cultures of the pre-Islamic Middle East left a particularly rich mathematical heritage, some of which profoundlyFile Size: KB. Mathematics in ancient Iraq: a social history. [Eleanor Robson] -- 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 region of modern-day Iraq is uniquely rich in evidence for ancient mathematics because its prehistoric inhabitants wrote on clay tablets, many hundreds of thousands of which have been archaeologically excavated, deciphered, and translated. Mathematics in ancient Iraq: a social history (), Princeton University Press, ISBN   This book is aimed at the general public, and explains both the mathematical ideas from the three-millennium-long history of ancient Mesopotamian mathematics and the context from which they mater: University of Oxford.