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Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Astronomical and Mathematical Tables of Ulugh Beg and their Influence on Late-Islamic and Early-Modern European Science

Rob van Gent (UU)

Abstract: This lecture will discuss the contents and the origin of the Zij-i-Sultani, a large and influential collection of Islamic astronomical and mathematical tables compiled in the 1430’s in Samarkand (now in Uzbekistan) by the Timurid ruler Ulugh Beg (1394-1449). Previous research on these tables will be summarized and some further research projects based on these tables will be presented. In the last part of my lecture the influence of Ulugh Beg’s tables on Late-Islamic and Early-Modern European science will be outlined.

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Location :  Room 611 of the Hans Freudenthal building, formerly known as the Wiskunde/Maths building, (campus De Uithof) Budapestlaan 6, Utrecht.
Date and time : Thursday, June 5, 2014 15:30-16:30. The lecture is preceded by coffee, tea, and cookies from 15.00 to 15.30 hour in the same room.