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Three doctoral or post-doctoral scholarships 2013

Note that the deadline for the following application: “Ancient mathematics in secondary schools: issues, current practices and new perspectives” has been extended to September 16, 2013 (in English, in French).

SAW launches
three calls for applications related to PhD and/or post-doctoral positions.

The topics of these calls are, respectively,
– Mathematical practices in the context of astral sciences in ancient China
– The history of mathematics in relation to astral sciences—ancient and medieval Indian sources
– Ancient mathematics in secondary schools: issues, current practices and new perspectives

The deadline for applications is: June 21, 2013. More information can be found in the following documents:

  • Mathematical practices in the context of astral sciences in ancient China: in English, in French
  • The history of mathematics in relation to astral sciences—ancient and medieval Indian sources: in English, in French
  • Ancient mathematics in secondary schools: issues, current practices and new perspectives: : in English, in French. (deadline extended)

MesoCalc: a Mesopotamian calculator

shid  The SAW project provided Mesopotamian mathematics with a new calculator: MesoCalc . This calculator allows you to perform a number of arithmetical operations in sexagesimal place value notation, in floating as well as in absolute notation.

Among features are:
– conversion between decimal and sexagesimal
– regularity test
– prime factorization
– addition and subtraction
– multiplication, reciprocal, quotient, square, cube, square and cubic roots
– tables (multiplication, reciprocal)
– lists of regular numbers
– metrological transformations (in progress)

This program was implemented by Baptiste Mélès (Archives Henri Poincaré – University of Lorraine) with  scientific assistance of Christine Proust (CNRS, Université Paris-Diderot), in the framework of SAW project.

This software is free under GPL license. You can download the offline use on your computer or phone, disseminate it, change the source code, even redistribute your changes under the same license. If you find any bugs or would like to suggest new features, please write to Baptiste Mélès (<baptiste.meles@gmail.com>).