Free Kepler College Course: Babylonian Mathematics

Free Kepler College Course: Babylonian Mathematics

Take a look at Babylonian mathematics—which is still in use when you work with time (60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour…) and astrology. In this short course, you will learn how a series of discoveries have enabled historians to decipher stone tablets and study the various techniques the Babylonians used for problem-solving and teaching.


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What You’ll Learn

After studying this unit you should be able to:

  • know something about cuneiform how it was used to represent numbers for mathmatical 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.


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