Published books

Christine Proust, John Steele (Editors)
Scholars and Scholarship in Late Babylonian Uruk
Springer, coll. Why the Sciences of the Ancient World Matter

This volume explores how scholars wrote, preserved, circulated, and read knowledge in ancient Mesopotamia. It offers an exercise in micro-history that provides a case study for attempting to understand the relationship between scholars and scholarship during this time of great innovation.
The papers in this collection focus on tablets written in the city of Uruk in southern Babylonia. These archives come from two different scholarly contexts. One is a private residence inhabited during successive phases by two families of priests who were experts in ritual and medicine. The other is the most important temple in Uruk during the late Achemenid and Hellenistic periods. The contributors undertake detailed studies of this material to explore the scholarly practices of individuals, the connection between different scholarly genres, and the exchange of knowledge between scholars in the city and scholars in other parts of Babylonia and the Greek world.

Florence Bretelle-Establet, Stéphane Schmitt (Editors)
Pieces and Parts in Scientific Texts
Springer, coll. Why the Sciences of the Ancient World Matter

This book starts from a first general observation: there are very diverse ways to frame and convey scientific knowledge in texts. It then analyzes texts on mathematics, astronomy, medicine and life sciences, produced in various parts of the globe and in different time periods, and examines the reasons behind the segmentation of texts and the consequences of such textual divisions. How can historians and philosophers of science approach this diversity, and what is at stake in dealing with it? The book addresses these questions, adopting a specific approach to do so.


Matthieu Husson, Richard Kremer (Editors)
How do Writings in the Early Astral Sciences Reveal Mathematical Practices and Practitioners?
Centaurus, Vol. 58, Issue1-2, special issue, February-May 2016

Predicting eclipses and planetary phenomena has always been a desideratum for the astral sciences, whether in China, India, Babylonia, Egypt, Persia, or Italy. Indeed, we might say that it was largely by inventing mathematical procedures for these tasks that sky watchers became astral scientists. When sources have been preserved that allow us to observe these procedures, we can often learn not only about early astronomical assumptions but also about the mathematical practices of the astronomers. Such practices might include the design of metrologies and units, types of numbers and their arithmetics (e.g., fractions, sexagesimals), computational techniques, or the use of accessories such as diagrams, instruments, or numerical tables.


Martha Cecilia Bustamante et Al.
Oralités et documents scientifiques écrits : Nouvelles perspectives en histoire des sciences / Orality and scientific written documents : New perspectives in history of science
Archives Internationales d’Histoire des Sciences, Volume 65, Issue 175 / 2015