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PhD student, SPHERE

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• Cuneiform mathematics

• Roles played by diagrams in mathematical practices

• Material study of mathematical documents

• My doctoral dissertation, which is co-supervised by Christine Proust (SPHERE, UMR 7219) and Brigitte Lion (ArScAn-HAROC, UMR 7041), is entitled The use of diagrams in mathematical reasonings : a contribution based on the analysis of Old-Babylonian mathematical clay tablets.


Since September 2017 : PhD student at the University Paris 7, in SPHERE, under the co-supervision of Christine Proust (SPHERE, UMR 7219) and Brigitte Lion (ArScAn-HAROC, UMR 7041).
Tutorial classes in mathematics.

2016-2017 : Master 1 in assyriology at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.
Master thesis entitled Catalogue raisonné of the Neo-Babylonian, Achaemenid and Hellenistic metrological tablets from Babylonia under the supervision of Francis Joannès (ArScAn-HAROC, UMR 7041).

2015-2016 : Master 2 LOPHISS in history and philosophy of science at the University Paris 7.
Master thesis entitled Interactions between texts and diagrams in Old-Babylonian mathematical clay tablets under the supervision of Christine Proust (SPHERE, UMR 7219).

2013-2015 : Master in mathematics at the University Paris-Sud XI.
Agrégation in mathematics.

2012 : Bachelor in mathematics at the University Paris-Sud XI.


Talks given in international workshops

• With Christine Proust : Reasoning with diagrams and layouts, examples from Mesopotamia. PhilMath Intersem 9. Paris, 5th-26th June 2018.

Studying Old-Babylonian mathematical diagrams, a project at the crossroads of assyriology and history of mathematics. Seventh annual Oxford Postgraduate Conference in Assyriology. Oxford, 13th-14th April 2018.

What diagrams tell us about practices of mathematical reasoning in Old Babylonian Mesopotamia : the example of the approximation procedure in tablet YBC 8633. Workshop «Practices of mathematical reasoning». Paris, 4th-7th December 2017.

Talks given in research seminars

Autour de quelques difficultés soulevées par la traduction des textes mathématiques cunéiformes. Séminaire des doctorants du laboratoire SPHÈRE. Paris, 6th February 2018.

Les tablettes mathématiques et leurs diagrammes. Séminaire d’Histoire et Archéologie des Mondes Orientaux (SHAMO) du laboratoire ArScAn. Nanterre, 12th January 2017.

Talks given in the framework of the Ecole Doctorale

La mémoire de l’argile : ce que nous apprennent les caractéristiques matérielles des diagrammes mathématiques du corpus cunéiforme. Journée des thèses de l’ED 400. Paris, 16th May 2018.

What can we learn from Old-Babylonian mathematical diagrams ? Formation à la communication scientifique en anglais de l’ED 400. Paris, 14th February 2018.


• Zhou Xiaohan, Methods using duan ( 段 segment [of diagram]) in Yang Hui’s 楊輝 (fl. 13th century) works. Workshop «Practices of mathematical reasoning». Paris, 4th-7th December 2017.

• Zhou Xiaohan, Diverse scholars’ ways of dealing with the “Method duoji” (Duoji shu) in 19th and 20th century China. Workshop «Writing histories of ancient mathematics – Reflecting on past practices and opening the future, 18th – 21st centuries». Paris, 24th-28th October 2016.


2017-2018 : Tutorial classes in mathematics (Elementary Algebra and Analysis II) for Bachelor students in physics.