Direct and Inverse Factorization Algorithms for Many-Place Regular Sexagesimal Numbers
Book chapter, 2016

BM 46550 is a small Neo-Babylonian clay tablet, published for the first time in Sec. 2.1 below. On the obverse of the tablet is a teacher’s model text, showing that the reciprocal of the 6-place regular sexagesimal number n= 1 01 02 06 33 45 is the 5-place sexagesimal number rec. n = 28 · 126 = 58 58 56 38 24.

Left Column

Initial Number

Factorization Algorithm

Middle Column

Preceding Place

Author

Jöran Friberg

Chalmers, Mathematical Sciences

Farouk N.H. Al-Rawi

University of London

Sources and Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences

61-86

Subject Categories

Mathematics

Pedagogical Work

DOI

10.1007/978-3-319-44597-7_2

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8/16/2021