By Luke Hodgkin

ISBN-10: 0198529376

ISBN-13: 9780198529378

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The different interpretations of any number are, say a basic ‘x’ and x × 60k . If x = y2 , then (since 60 is not a square), x × 60k is a square if and only if k is even, say k = 2l; when x × 60k is the square of y × 60l . So, in Babylonian terms, the square root of x is always y. 6. The Babylonian answer is given in Robson (2000, p. 232); it is hard to follow, since the text switches between ‘sarv ’ (a volume unit), nindan, and cubits (at 12 cubits to a nindan). Above, we have given the conversion factor from bricks to volume in cubic nindan instead of sarv to reduce the number of measures.

The Babylonian answer is given in Robson (2000, p. 232); it is hard to follow, since the text switches between ‘sarv ’ (a volume unit), nindan, and cubits (at 12 cubits to a nindan). Above, we have given the conversion factor from bricks to volume in cubic nindan instead of sarv to reduce the number of measures. Here is a simpliﬁed version of the answer in our notation. 1 45 sarb of bricks occupy 15 24 cubic nindan, so that is the volume. The height is 1 2 , so the 5 square nindan. If l is the length and w the width, l = w + 73 , area (length times width) is 12 5 and lw = 12 ; so w w+ 7.

This included not only their own language but a dead language, Sumerian, which carried higher status; as civil servants in England 100 years ago had to learn Latin. Babylonian Mathematics 21 problem A, then do procedure B. The ‘point’ of the sum, then, is not mysterious, and indeed we can recognize in it some of our own school methods. First, scribes are trained to follow rules; second, they are required to use them to do something difﬁcult. As usual, such an ability marks them off as workers by brain rather than by hand, and ﬁxes their relatively privileged place in the social order.

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