This free course looks at Babylonian mathematics. You will learn how a series of discoveries has enabled historians to decipher stone tablets and study the various techniques the Babylonians used for problem-solving and teaching. The Babylonian problem-solving skills have been described as remarkable and scribes of the time received a training far in advance of anything available in medieval Christian Europe 3000 years later.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
demonstrate knowledge about cuneiform and how it was used to represent numbers for mathematical problem solving and computation;
understand the relationship between a decimal place-value system and a sexagesimal one;
appreciate the advanced understanding of mathematics in Ancient Mesopotamia in relation to anyone in medieval Christian Europe 3000 years later.