Geschenken uit het Oosten

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Geschenken uit het Oosten

Type: Inaugural lecture
Title: Geschenken uit het Oosten
Author: Hogendijk, J.P.
Publisher: Faculty of Mathematics & Natural Sciences, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2005-03-08
Keywords: Number
Number systems
Babylonian mathematics
Islamic mathematics
Indian mathematics
Abstract: This lecture explains the oriental origin of some of the mathematical methods which are still in daily use, namely the decimal number system and the sexagesimal number system (used in telling time and computing angles). The history and transmission of these number systems is illustrated by means of original documents from the Babylonian, Sanskrit and Islamic scientific traditions.
Faculty: Faculteit der Wiskunde en Natuurwetenschappen
Citation: Hogendijk, J.P., 2005. Inaugural Lecture, Leiden University

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