**Programme January-June 2014** – PDF version

**January 17, 2014: The shaping of time and space: “Measuring units in astronomy, systems of coordinates, measurement of time and space”**

**Teije de Jong**(Astronomical Institute ‘Anton Pannekoek’, University of Amsterdam)

*The Babylonian zodiac: a mathematician’s view of the sky*

**Daniel Morgan**(SAW ERC Project, SPHERE)

*Lodging Complaints: the Perplexities of the 28 Zodiacal*xiu

*in Early Chinese Sources*

**Rita Gautschy**(Departement Altertumswissenschaften Universitaet Basel)

*Angles of obscuration in Late Babylonian eclipse reports*

**Danièle Dehouve**(EPHE et Laboratoire d’ethnologie et de sociologie comparative, CNRS-Université Paris X Nanterre)

*Cycles du calendrier et usages sociaux des nombres calendaires chez les anciens Mexicains*

**February 14, 2014: The mathematics related to the design and use of instruments: “Astronomical instruments, gnomon, shadow square, quadrant, armillary sphere”**

**Matthieu Ossendrijver**(Humboldt Universität)

*The Mesopotamian Gnomon as a Mathematical Device*

**Karine Chemla**(SAW ERC Project, SPHERE)

*Mathematical approaches to the gnomon in ancient China*

**Hirose Sho**(SAW ERC Project, SPHERE)

*A beginner’s guide for using the gnomon with Examples, by Paramesvara in his Goladipika*

**Commentator: Agathe Keller**(SAW ERC Project, SPHERE)

**Matthieu Husson**(SAW ERC Project, SPHERE)

*The uses and design of Diurnal motion observation instruments’ according to John of Lignières (Paris 14*

^{th}c.).**February 21, 2014: Exploring mathematical practices around an astronomical question 1: “Mathematical approaches to the Diurnal motions of the Sun, the Stars, and the Moon”. **

**Hermann Hunger**(University of Vienna)

*Arithmetical methods applied to the daily motions of celestial bodies in Babylonian astronomy*

**Rita Watson**(The Hebrew University of Jerusalem & Research Associate, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, ISAW, NYU)

*A Cognitive Perspective on a Babylonian Astronomical Text*

**Mimura Taro**(University of Manchester) Summary of the Almagest:

*Another Astronomical Tradition in the Days of Naṣīr Dīn Ṭūsī and its Significance in the History of Solving Problems Concerning the Diurnal Motions*

**Marc Kalinowski**(EPHE)

*L’expression de la norme lunisolaire du calendrier civil dans l’hémérologie populaire des Qin et des Han*

**March 14, 2014:Exploring mathematical practices around an astronomical question 2: “Syzygies/eclipses, parallax”**

**Lis Brack-Bernsen**(Universität Regensburg)

*Babylonian Astronomy: prediction and calculation of the Lunar Six and eclipses*

**Clemency Montelle**(University of Canterbury)

*The mathematics underlying parallax in Sanskrit sources*

**Qu Anjing**(Northwest University, Xi’an)

*Numerical Algorithm System in Ancient China*

**March 21, 2014: Exploring mathematical practices around an astronomical question 3:“ Planetary motion”.**

**Steve Shnider**(Bar Ilan University, Israel)

*Mathematical modeling in Babylonian lunar theory according to John Britton*

**Clemency Montelle (**University of Canterbury)

*How to compute planetary latitudes: an unusual mathematical approach in a Sanskrit commentary.*

**Qu Anjing**(Northwest University, Xi’an)

*Planetary Theory in ancient China*

**Grodecz Alfredo Ramirez Ogando**(Wuppertal Universitaet)

*Where are the leap days in the Mesoamerican calendar?*

**April 11, 2014: Exploring mathematical practices around an astronomical question 4: “ Origins, Radices and management of cycles”**

**Lis Brack-Bernsen**(Universität Regensburg)

*Numerical functions describing periodic astronomical phenomena in Mesopotamia*

**Lisa Raphals**(University of California at Riverside)

*Which Cycles?: Early Chinese Representations of Cycles in the Astral sciences*

**K. Ramasubramanian**(Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay)

*Glimpses of Karanapaddhati: A unique astronomical treatise*

**Zhu Yiwen**(Sun Yat-sen University)

*The Use of a traditional method (Fangcheng) in Calendric Calculations in ancient China*

**May 23, 2014: Astral sciences in context 1: Relations between various types of sources, variety of milieus: “ Theoretical texts and ephemerides“**

**Hermann Hunger**(University of Vienna)

*Who produced cuneiform astronomical tables and related texts?*

**ISAHAYA**

**Yoichi**(SAW)

*Reconsidering Spheres in the Celestial and Terrestrial Dimensions. The*Qiyao rangzai jue, Fu tian li,

*and their application*

**YANO**

**Michio**

*Theory and Practice of traditional Indian calendar*

**Li Liang**

*How the ephemeris of the sun was compiled in the Ming period? On the*Wei du Taiyang Tongjing

*and the calculation of the sun with Chinese-Islamic System*

**June 20, 2014: General mathematical practices in the astral sciences and their relation to/contrast with mathematical sources 1: “ Adjustment, correction, approximation, and precision“**

**Andrea Bréard**(Heidelberg Universität)

*Interpolation techniques in mathematics and astronomy: traces from Han to Yuan dynasty*

**Jim Ritter**(Université Paris Vincennes)

*Procedural texts in mathematics and mathematical astronomy*

**Kim Plofker**(Union College Mathematics Department)

*The Suryagrahana of Muhammad Shah: Foreign mathematical tools in a study of solar eclipses*

**Glenn Van Brummelen**(Quest University Canada)

*Precision and Approximation in Ancient Greek and Medieval Islamic Mathematical Astronomy*