The seminar, which is held under the auspices of SPHERE, mainly explores textual problems related to the SAW project.

**November 2015 to June 2016**

### Description

In 2015-2016, the seminar ’History of Science, History of Text’ will keep exploring textual problems related to the ERC Project SAW — “Mathematical Sciences in the Ancient World”.

As in previous years, the seminar will address the following issues regarding scientific sources:

- How textual sources bear witness to the social groups that produced them
- How textual sources testify to knowledge
- History of compilations
- How actors structure their texts and knowledge into parts
- How textual sources reflect the material environment in which they were produced

In line with the beginning of phase 3 of the project SAW, devoted to facets of the history of the historiography of ancient mathematics, the seminar will pay special attention to the sources attesting to work in the history of mathematics.

Eventualy, a conference devoted to “Mistakes and the study of manuscripts” will be co-organized with the Hamburg Center on Manuscript Cultures on May 2nd and 3rd, 2016.

The seminar will take place at the** Université Paris Diderot, Bâtiment Condorcet**, 10 rue Alice Domon et Léonie Duiquet 75013 Paris, **from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm**. Maps and directions can be found here.

**Programme** – full year pdf version with abstracts

**November 25, 2015 – room 646 A** – Workshop on Zhangjiashan tomb 247

**Alain Thote**, *Les manuscrits de la région de Jingzhou au IIe s. avant notre ère : contexte archéologique*

**Enno Giele**, *Tombs and Money*

**Daniel Morgan**, *What can you do with a Calendar? Extracting Facts, Stories, and Information otherwise pertinent to your own Field from a Table of Dates*

**Ulrich Lau**, *The legal manuscripts from Zhangjiashan tomb 247 revisited*

**Thies Staack**, *Legal Manuscripts from Tombs: Some Reflections on their Possible Compilation, Use and Function*

**December 10, 2015 – room 483A** – Theoretical and Linguistic approaches to scientific texts of the past

**Julie Lefebvre**, *«Parts of text» and «parts in text»: towards a differentiation*

**Maarten Bullynck**, *Sublanguages, their use in the history of science, an exploration*

**Martha Cecilia Bustamante**, *Some comments regarding Paul Ricoeur’s view on trace*

**January 7, 2016 – room 483A**– Working on ancient mathematical sources: Textual environment and historiographic operations

**CHEN Zhihui**, *On the Rediscovery of the Jade Mirror of the Four Origins, and its Interpretations by Luo Shilin and Shen Qinpei*

**Pierre Chaigneau**, *The use of algebraic formulas in the commentaries on mathematical cuneiform texts: the case of the tablet BM 85196*

**Matthieu Husson**, *Editing a Zij at the turn of the 20th century : the case of Carlo Alfonso Nallino (1872-1938)*

**February 11, 2016 – Room 483A- **Discussing how language shapes thought

**Tuska Benes**, *Mathematics after the Linguistic Turn of the Early Nineteenth Century: Three Frameworks *

**Eva Cancik-Kirschbaum**, *Encoding language – decoding script: the case of cuneiform*

**Christine Proust**, *How thought shapes language: a brief historiographical overview and some examples selected among mathematical cuneiform texts from late Old Babylonian period*

**February 12, 2016 – Room 483A- **A lecture by Tuska Benes

**Tuska Benes**, *On Language-Structure and the Indian Positional Method: The Humboldt Brothers, Comparative Linguistics, and the Autonomy of Palpable Math*

**March 10, 2016 – Room 483A- **Parts of texts and writing by compilation

**Caspar Hirschi**, *Handwriting in Print: Graphological Publications during the Dreyfus Affair*

**Jacqueline Léon**, *Harris’ sublanguages: intermediary objects for text processing*

**Florence Bretelle-Establet**, *Parts and Tables of Contents in Chinese Medical Texts*

**April 14, 2016 – Room 483A- **Genres of writing in the history of ancient science

**CHEN Zhihui & ZHOU Xiaohan**,* Establishing the orthodox: Writing and editing biographies of practitioners in the mathematical sciences in Chinese Qing Dynasty.* 塑造传统：中国清代对畴人传记的编写.

**Agathe Keller**,* Listing biographies in histories of mathematics of the Indian subcontinent*

**Martina Schneider**, *History of (ancient) mathematics in the German biographical lexicon ADB*

**May 2nd and 3rd, 2016** – **Conference with the Center for the study of manuscript cultures of Hamburg University**, on Mistakes and the study of manuscripts

**Robert Middeke-Conlin**,* Errors, Mistakes, and Evidence for a Counting Device*

**Sébastien Maronne**, *Mistakes and the edition of mathematical letters of early modern period *

**Pierre Chaigneau & Christine Proust**, *Errors in mathematical procedure texts from the Old Babylonian period: the work of a poorly educated scribe?
Erreurs dans les textes mathématiques à procédures de la période Paléo-babylonienne : l’œuvre d’un scribe moyennement éduqué ?*

**Eleonora Sammarchi**,

*Mistakes and «false mistakes» in arabic manuscripts on algebra : a case study*

**HIROSE Sho**,

*Do numbers matter? Mistakes occurring in commentaries for working examples in a Sanskrit astronomical treatise*

**Matthieu Husson**,

*Astronomical tables as handwritten objects: errors, corrections and annotation in the Corpus Christi College Ms 283 fol 114- 145*

**May 12, 2016 – Room 483A-** Printing scholarship

**Henrik Kragh Sørensen**, *Appropriating role models for the mathematical profession: Biographies in the American Mathematical Monthly around 1900*

**Karine Chemla**, *Publishing on the history of mathematics at the end of the 18th and in the 19th century in France*

**ZHOU Xiaohan Célestin**,* For whom were mathematics works written? –Examining the issue from the perspective of printing mathematics in the Ming Dynasty/ –Examining mathematics in the Ming dynasty from the perspective of printing*

数学著作写给谁？——印刷视角检视下的明代数学

**June 9, 2016 – Room 483A- **Perspectives on the constitution of collections containing scientific documents of the past

**Reviel Netz**, *The scale of ancient culture*

**Florence Bretelle Establet**,* The Making of the Morrison Collection of Chinese Books*

Continuing on page 2 with the previous academic year’s programmes