Preface.- Acknowledgements.- Abbreviations and symbols.- 1. Procedure texts.- 2. Mathematical concepts - from numbers to computational systems.- 3. Planets.- 4. Moon.- 5. Critical editions.- Appendices.- Glossary.- Bibliography.- Indices.
This book contains new translations and a new analysis of the procedure texts of Babylonian mathematical astronomy, the earliest known form of mathematical astronomy of the ancient world. The translations are based on a modern approach incorporating recent insights from Assyriology and translation science.
The work contains updated and expanded interpretations of the astronomical algorithms and investigations of previously ignored linguistic, mathematical and other aspects of the procedure texts.
Special attention is paid to issues of mathematical representation and over 100 photos of cuneiform tablets dating from 350-50 BCE are presented.
In 2-3 years, the author intends to continue his study of Babylonian mathematical astronomy with a new publication which will contain new editions and reconstructions of approx. 250 tabular texts and a new philological, astronomical and mathematical analysis of these texts. Tabular texts are end products of Babylonian math astronomy, computed with algorithms that are formulated in the present volume, Procedure Texts.
Fully revised and expanded translation and analysis of the procedure texts of Babylonian mathematical astronomy
Babylonian mathematical astronomy is explained through simple concepts to increasingly complex concepts and algorithms
Incorporates a typological analysis of all astronomical procedures
Includes a glossary of Babylonian technical astronomical terms, many of which are not adequately explained in the available dictionaries
Includes over 100 photos of cuneiform tablets dating from 350-50 BCE
Incorporates recent insights from Assyriology and translation science
Contains updated and expanded astronomical interpretations and investigations that have previously ignored in linguistic, mathematical and other aspects