Babylonian NumbersDate: 01/10/97 at 11:55:30 From: Steven Bragg Subject: Babylonian math I am doing research for Algebra II on ancient Babylonian math. I know it is based on 60 but I need to find the symbols used and the names of the numbers. Thank you. Steven Bragg Date: 01/26/97 at 22:39:44 From: Doctor Jaime Subject: Re: Babylonian math Here are the names of the Babylonian numbers (used by the Sumerians) from 1 to 10: 1 - as (meaning literally 'man') 2 - min (meaning literally 'woman') 3 - es (meaning literally 'many') 4 - limmu 5 - ia 6 - ias (from ia+as 5+1) 7 - imin (from ia+min 5+2) 8 - ussu 9 - ilimmu (from ia+limmu 5+4) 10 - u 60 is 'ges' meaning 'the great ynit' 10x60 is 'ges-u' 60x60 is 'sar' 60x60x10 is 'sar-u' 60x60x60 is 'sar-ges' I cannot indicate here the symbols for these numbers. But you can find them in some books like 'Number words and number symbols' by Karl Menninger (Dover publications, New York, 1992) or 'A History of Mathematics' by Carl Boyer (John Wiley, 1968) On the Web you can find interesting information here: http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/HistTopics/Babylonian_and_Egyptian.html -Doctor Jaime, The Math Forum Check out our web site! http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ |
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