Mathieu Ossendrijver is Professor of History of Ancient Science at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. His main interests are Babylonian astronomy and mathematics between 750 BC and 100 AD, in particular Babylonian mathematical astronomy, transformations of science and contextual aspects of Babylonian science during this period. Mathieu Ossendrijver is working on a new edition and analysis of all cuneiform tablets with mathematical astronomy (procedure texts and tabular texts). A monograph with new editions of the procedure texts and a semantic, mathematical and astronomical analysis of these texts appeared in 2012. A second volume devoted to the tabular texts of this corpus is under preparation.

Activities

Further Activities

7.02.2017 Talk Babylonian Mercury procedures in Demotic ostraca
at Oriental Institute, Univ. of Oxford, UK
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1.12.2016 Talk Geometrical methods in Babylonian astronomy
Part of: Astrophysical Colloquium, Sterrenkundig Instituut, Univ. Leiden, Netherlands
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10.11.2016 Talk Stars over Babylon. Geometrical Methods of the Ancient Astronomers
Part of: START Lecture, Center for Molecular Medicine (CeMM) of the Austrian Academy of Science, Vienna, Austria
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13.10.2016 Talk Geometrie in der babylonischen Astronomie
at Mathematisches Institut, Universität Magdeburg
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24-25.06.2016 Talk Predicting the Market: Procedures and Astronomical Diaries
Part of: Conference “Keeping watch in Babylon: from evidence to text in the Astronomical Diaries” , Department of Classics, Univ. Durham, UK
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11.06.2016 Talk Neue Entdeckungen zur babylonischen Astronomie
Part of: Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften, Archenholdt-Sternwarte Berlin
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23.06.2015 Talk Evidence for geometrical methods in Babylonian procedures for the motion of Jupiter Part of: Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, Geneva, Switzerland
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23.03.2015 Talk Mathematical practices in the Rēš temple
Part of: Conference “Scholars and Scholarship in Late Babylonian Uruk”, SAW – Univ. Paris Diderot, France
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6.03.2015 Talk Arithmetical progressions and geometrical reasoning in Babylonian schemes for Jupiter’s daily motion
at SAW Université Paris Diderot, France
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20.02.2015 Talk Mathematical Reasoning in a Late-Babylonian Commentary to Enuma Anu Enlil Tablet 14
at SAW Université Paris Diderot, France
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19.02.2015 Talk Babylonian astronomical tables: reconstructing mathematical practices
at SAW, Université Paris Diderot, France
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19.02.2014 Talk Babylonian Mathematical Astronomy: Number Crunching in Antiquity
at Astronomical Institute Anton Pannekoek, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
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22.08.2013 Talk Der Himmel über Uruk. Astronomie am Resch-Tempel
Part of: Uruk exhibition in the Vorderasiatisches Museum, Bode-Museum Berlin
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25.07.2013 Talk Working with tables: Babylonian mathematical astronomy
Part of: International Conference on the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (ICHSTM), Manchester, UK
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17.07.2013 Talk The powers of 9 and 12. New mathematical discoveries from Babylon
Part of: Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, Gent, Belgium
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20.06.2013 Talk Babylonian Astronomy: editing and interpreting an ancient science
Part of: Workshop on the history of critical editions, SPHERE-CNRS, Univ. Paris Diderot, France
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17.05.2013 Talk Translating the Babylonian Procedures for Lunar Visibility
Part of: Workshop on Translating Ancient Scientific Texts, Univ. Mainz
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26.04.2013 Talk Astronomenkreise im Uruk des 1. Jahrtausends
Part of: 8th International Colloquium of the Deutsche Orientgesellschaft (DFG) “Uruk – Altorientalische Metropole und Kulturzentrum”, Museum für Ethnologie, Berlin
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10.05.2012 Talk Segmentation of Babylonian Astronomical Procedures
at SPHERE-CNRS, Université Paris Diderot, France
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12.03.2012 Talk Thinking with Tables in Babylonian Mathematical Astronomy
at Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin
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