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.
Very interesting to see the similarities between ancient and modern mathematics! A must-do for anybody interested in Maths!