Mathieu Ossendrijver (HU Berlin)

Proto-Integral Calculus in Babylonian Astronomy
Wann Am 24.03.2016 von 14:30 bis 15:30
  • Kolloquium
Wo SH Lecture Hall
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On four babylonian tablets from the period 350-50 BCE, the distance that Jupiter travels along the ecliptic is computed with geometrical methods. The planet's changing velocity during 60 days after its heliacal rising is described as a trapezoidal figure in time-velocity space. The distance travelled is computed as the area of this figure. The time in which Jupiter covers half this distance is also computed. These computations may be viewed as precursors to modern integral calculus.