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Reading Ancient Mathematical Texts



This seminar is organized around a presentation of a primary source and the issues it raises, followed by a reading of this edited and translated source. A session can last up to 3 hours, and is conducted by experienced researchers, doctoral students, or even Master’s students. The working language is French or English depending on the case.


Organisers : Agathe Keller, Karine Chemla, (CNRS, CHSA, SPHere), and the associated group: H. Amini, F. Cornu, C. Singh, A. Volkov

PROGRAM 2021-2022



The sessions will take place as far as possible in room Gris 734-A of the Condorcet building, on Tuesdays (except in an exceptional case where it will be on Wednesday)..
Université de Paris, campus Diderot, 4, rue Elsa Morante, 75013 Paris (access map)
Dates 11/19 12/7 2022/01/4 02/1 03/8 04/6 05/10 06/7 06/28
Titles and abstracts will be displayed on this page

Those who wish to participate remotely are invited to contact Agathe Keller
kellera@univ-paris-diderot.fr for a virtual connection.


  • Friday Novembre 19 2021, 2pm - 5pm
    Najaf Haider (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
    Accountancy, Record Keeping and Raqam Notation in the Mughal Empire: Reading BNF Manuscript of the Khulasatu’s Siyaq (Suplement Persan 303)


  • Friday December 17 (tba)


  • Tuesday January 4, 2022
    Catherine Singh (SPHere)
    Some consideration on the kuṭṭīkāra of Mahāvīra (continued)


  • Tuesday February 1st
    Andrei Volkov (National Tsing-Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan)
    Mathematical texts of Dunhuang


  • Tuesday March 8
    Karine Chemla (CNRS, SPHere) & A. Macé
    Equal and Unequal shares


  • Wednesday April 6
    – L. Hamouda (University Tunis El Manar)

    – Zeinab Karmanian (University of Teheran)
    The Recension of the Conics of Apollonius by Naṣīr al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī (13th century




  • Tuesday June 7
    F. Cornu (LPTMS, Université Paris-Saclay)
    L’Abrégé de l’histoire des observations astronomiques que j’avois préparé pour lire à l’assemblée publique de l’Académie de Pétersbourg le 2 mars 1728 de Delisles.


  • Tuesday June 28
    Next year’s program





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VENUE:
University of Paris, campus Diderot, Building Condorcet, 4, rue ElsaMorante, 75013 - Paris
Map of campus with metro and buses stops.
Access: Metro line 14 / RER C / Station: Bibliothèque François Mitterrand
Metro line 6 / Station: Quai de la Gare
Bus 64 / stop: Tolbiac-Bibliothèque François Mitterrand
Bus 62 & 89 / stop: Avenue de France or Bibliothèque François Mitterrand (terminus)
Bus 325 / stop: Watt