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11. Carlos Gonçalves: The human face of Mesopotamian maths

Released Wednesday, 2nd December 2020
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Carlos introduces us to the social setting of Mesopotamian maths. What form did maths take? Who used it and what for? Are Mesopotamian practices related to what we know from other ancient cultures, or from the modern world? Carlos explains how our understanding of Mesopotamian maths has changed over the years.

Academia: https://usp-br.academia.edu/CGon%C3%A7alves  

2:19 about Mesopotamian maths
5:34 the oldest maths
10:10 connections to other ancient cultures, and to the modern world
14:57 how they wrote numbers
17:22 how Mesopotamians thought about numbers
23:51 changing modern understandings of Mesopotamian maths
28:42 Carlos' work

Music by Ruba Hillawi

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