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Why the Sciences of the Ancient World Matter

The Making of a Scribe

Errors, Mistakes and Rounding Numbers in the Old Babylonian Kingdom of Larsa

Authors: Middeke-Conlin, Robert

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  • Introduces new methodological tools to explore economic texts for mathematical practice
  • Shows the importance mathematics has as a tool for ancient practitioners to cope with complex economic processes
  • Presents historians of mathematics a method to study practical texts
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This book presents a novel methodology to study economic texts. The author investigates discrepancies in these writings by focusing on errors, mistakes, and rounding numbers. In particular, he looks at the acquisition, use, and development of practical mathematics in an ancient society: The Old Babylonian kingdom of Larsa (beginning of the second millennium BCE Southern Iraq). In so doing, coverage bridges a gap between the sciences and humanities.

Through this work, the reader will gain insight into discrepancies encountered in economic texts in general and rounding numbers in particular. They will learn a new framework to explain error as a form of economic practice. Researchers and students will also become aware of the numerical and metrological basis for calculation in these writings and how the scribes themselves conceptualized value.

This work fills a void in Assyriological studies. It provides a methodology to explore, understand, and exploit statistical data. The anlaysis also fills a void in the history of mathematics by presenting historians of mathematics a method to study practical texts. In addition, the author shows the importance mathematics has as a tool for ancient practitioners to cope with complex economic processes. This serves as a useful case study for modern policy makers into the importance of education in any economy.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Making of a Scribe
Book Subtitle
Errors, Mistakes and Rounding Numbers in the Old Babylonian Kingdom of Larsa
Authors
Series Title
Why the Sciences of the Ancient World Matter
Series Volume
4
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-35951-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-35951-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-35950-8
Series ISSN
2662-9933
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 487
Number of Illustrations
135 b/w illustrations
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