The sexagesimal place-value system inside and outside texts

Christine Proust
2021 Claroscuro  
This article proposes a contribution to the reflection on the invention of the sexagesimal place-value notation, a way of representing numbers which was at the basis of the so-called "Babylonian" mathematics (mathematical texts written in cuneiform script in the Ancient Near East from the 3rd to the 1st millennium BCE). The history of the sexagesimal place-value notation has already been the subject of numerous studies. It is proposed here to shed some new light on this question not only by
more » ... ining texts, but also by taking into account the environment of the texts: what happens outside the text itself? What are the activities that accompany the act of writing?
doi:10.35305/cl.vi20.81 fatcat:ayj2i2ru75ac3na3orzd6dpxp4