The SAW project is dedicated to mathematical sources that have come down to us from the ancient world and specifically, though not exclusively, dedicated to the sources produced in Mesopotamia, China, and the Indian sub-continent.
The ambition of SAW is to develop new theoretical approaches to the history of ancient mathematics, in order to highlight the variety of practices in these fields that are too often presented today as homogeneous wholes, that is, “Mesopotamian mathematics”, “Chinese mathematics”, and “Indian mathematics”. To this end, SAW intends to concentrate on the mathematical sources relating to two activities: astral sciences and state finance administrations. The goal is to create resources that will promote a new representation of the history of mathematics.
The wider impact of the project is to offer an alternative to the widely-held view of mathematics. The outcome of the research will be made available to school teachers and thus will contribute to bridging the gap between young people and mathematical sciences.