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SUMMARY:Rostovtzeff Lecture Series: The Sky over Ancient Iraq: Babylonian Astronomy in Context
DTSTART:20180404T220000Z
DTEND:20180404T233000Z
DESCRIPTION:Note: We are now fully booked for this event and are only
accepting names for the wait-list. The third lecture will present new
insights into Babylonian mathematical astronomy\, which emerged after
about 400 BCE. The underlying mathematical methods for predicting luna
r and planetary phenomena are predominantly based on purely arithmetic
methods\, that is\, they operate by manipulating sequences of numbers
. However\, recent discoveries have corrected this firmly entrenched a
rithmetic characterization of the Babylonian methods by revealing that
some tablets employ geometric concepts in order to compute the distan
ce traveled by a planet. These geometric methods imply a surprisingly
deep understanding of the graphical connections between time\, velocit
y and distance on the part of some Babylonian astronomers.
LOCATION:ISAW Lecture Hall
CONTACT:isaw@nyu.edu
CLASS:PUBLIC
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