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Accueil > Archives > Séminaires des années précédentes > Séminaires 2018-2019 : archives > Reading Mathematical Texts 2018–2019

Axis History and philosophy of mathematics

Reading Mathematical Texts 2018–2019


Organiser : Agathe Keller - CNRS, REHSEIS–SPHERE
We read original sources and their translations, presented by their translator.





PROGRAM 2018-2019


On Wednesdays, 10:00–13:00, Room Gris, 734A*, except on May 20, June 17, Room Dali, 240A



2018/10/8

  • PAN Shuyuan (Institute for the History of Natural Sciences, Beijing and SPHERE)
    A Chinese version of rule of three just before the European method was introduced : reading a paragraph in comprehensive source of mathematical methods (Suanfa tongzong, 1592).

11/12

  • Catherine Singh (SPHERE)
    Autour du kuṭṭaka chez Māhavīra.

12/3

  • Christine Proust (CNRS, SPHERE)
    La collection Schoyen, le pillage des antiquités en temps de guerre, et les problèmes éthiques : que faire avec des sources qui bouleversent l’histoire des mathématiques ? Lecture du texte mathématique cunéiforme MS 3971.

12/12

  • 14:00–17:00
    Clemency Montelle (Univ. of Canterbury)
    The Parvadvayasādhana of Mallāri : A short treatise for computing eclipse phenomena
    The Parvadvayasādhana of Mallāri is a short text composed in the late 16th century for computing the circumstances and features of lunar and solar eclipses. The text is made up almost entirely of versified numerical data, however most manuscript copies include graphical tables alongside the verses. We consider this feature of the work, and many others : the underlying algorithms and their connection to other authors, the way in which metrological units are expressed, and the accompanying commentaries to this text which include historical worked examples with diagrams illustrating the progress of the eclipse.

2019/01/21

  • Laure Miolo (Observatoire de Paris)
    John of Genoa’s eclipse computations : the case of the Solar eclipse of March 1337

02/18

  • 9:30–12:30
    Eleonora Sammarchi (SPHERE & Wuppertal Universität)

    Nombres et quantités algébriques dans l’arithmétique-algèbre d’al-Zanjānī (et al-Karajī)
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  • 14:00–17:00  !!! cancelled !!!!
    Karine Chemla (CNRS, SPHERE) 

    Fundamental figures in Ancient China

03/18 !! 9:30–17:00 !!

  • 9:30–12:30
    Adeline Reynaud (University Paris Diderot, SPHERE)
    A trapezium with impossible dimensions, or an irregular quadrilateral treated as a trapezium ? Reading the Old-Babylonian procedure-text YBC 4675
  • 14:00–17:00
    Mathieu Ossendrijver (Topoi, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), tbc
    On late babylonian mathematical texts

04/01, 9:30–12:30

  • Adeline Reynaud (University Paris Diderot, SPHERE)
    A trapezium with impossible dimensions, or an irregular quadrilateral treated as a trapezium ? Reading the Old-Babylonian procedure-text YBC 4675 [continued]

05/20 !! 9:30–12:30, Room Dali, 240A !!

  • P. M. Vrinda (G. U. P. S. Pathappiriyam, India)
    The method of squaring as described in Śaṅkara Vāriyar’s Kriyākramakarī, a sixteenth century Sanskrit commentary on the Līlāvatī.

06/17 !! 9:30–17:00, Room Dali, 240A !!

  • 9:30–12:30
  • Alexis Trouillot (University Paris Diderot, SPHERE)
    Two sexes and two sets of fractions : a Mauritanian fatwa on inheritance.
  • Jambugahapitiye Dhammaloka « Bhante » (Univ. de Canterbury)
    Reconstructing algorithmic procedures involving fractions in the Gaṇitatilaka, a 11th cent. CE Sanskrit mathematical text.

06/18, !! 13:00–16:00 !!, Room Gris, 734A

  • Daniel Mansfield (University of New South Wales, Australia)
    Old Babylonian cadastral surveying and Pythagorean rectangles : reading Si.427 and rereading Plimpton 322.






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