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Understanding Complex Systems

Maths Meets Myths: Quantitative Approaches to Ancient Narratives

Editors: Kenna, Ralph, MacCarron, Máirín, MacCarron, Pádraig (Eds.)

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  • First monograph on this emerging subject matter
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  • Develops novel quantitiative methods for the humanities and social sciences
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With an emphasis on exploring measurable aspects of ancient narratives, Maths Meets Myths sets out to investigate age-old material with new techniques. This book collects, for the first time, novel quantitative approaches to studying sources from the past, such as chronicles, epics, folktales, and myths. It contributes significantly to recent efforts in bringing together natural scientists and humanities scholars in investigations aimed at achieving greater understanding of our cultural inheritance.

Accordingly, each contribution reports on a modern quantitative approach applicable to narrative sources from the past, or describes those which would be amenable to such treatment and why they are important.

This volume is a unique state-of-the-art compendium on an emerging research field which also addresses anyone with interests in quantitative approaches to humanities.

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“For the folklore scholar interested in the digital humanities, this collection offers a window into the realm of statistical physics, and demonstrates new techniques that can enhance folkloristic understanding of culture at scale. While written towards the mathematically inclined, Maths Meets Myths remains accessible because the chapters are not overwhelmingly bogged down by mathematics or statistics.” (David Chartash, Folklore, Vol. 130 (3), 2019)


Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Maths Meets Myths: Quantitative Approaches to Ancient Narratives
Editors
  • Ralph Kenna
  • Máirín MacCarron
  • Pádraig MacCarron
Series Title
Understanding Complex Systems
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-39445-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-39445-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-39443-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-81887-0
Series ISSN
1860-0832
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 228
Number of Illustrations
17 b/w illustrations, 47 illustrations in colour
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