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Zeitschrift für Assyriologie und Vorderasiatische Archäologie

Ed. by Sallaberger, Walther

Together with Cavigneaux, Antoine / Frame, Grant / Otto, Adelheid / van den Hout, Theo P.J.

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Volume 106, Issue 2


BM 46550 – a Late Babylonian Mathematical Tablet with Computations of Reciprocal Numbers

Jeanette C. Fincke
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Published Online: 2016-12-20 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/za-2016-0016


The mathematical tablet BM 46550 offers the first evidence that a method for computing and verifying reciprocal numbers, thus far attested only in the Old Babylonian era, continued to be applied, in a similar manner, in the Neo- or Late Babylonian era. At least part of the tablet was computed on the spot, some of the columns being written from bottom to top. The mathematical tables are accompanied by an unusual drawing, apparently unrelated to the text.

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Published Online: 2016-12-20

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Citation Information: Zeitschrift für Assyriologie und vorderasiatische Archäologie, Volume 106, Issue 2, Pages 185–197, ISSN (Online) 1613-1150, ISSN (Print) 0084-5299, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/za-2016-0016.

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