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Nathan Sidoli (Waseda University, Japan): Methods in Ancient Mathematical Geography

Join us at 5:00pm for light refreshments, the talk will begin at 5:15pm.
In this talk Nathan will discuss a few methods that are known to have been used for doing mathematical geography in the ancient Greco-Roman world, along with a few methods that are known to have been used for spherical astronomy, but which may also have found applications in geography.
Nathan Sidoli received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto with a dissertation on the mathematical methods of Claudius Ptolemy. He worked for a few years as a postdoctoral fellow (UofT, NSF, JSPS), studying the transmission of Greco-Roman mathematical sciences in medieval Arabic sources, and is currently Assistant Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science at Waseda University, Tokyo. His recent work focuses on foundations and methods in Greek mathematics and the transmission of Greek mathematical sciences in Arabic sources.

Details

When:

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 (All day)

Where:

Building 110, Room 112

Sponsor:

Department of Classics
lhailu@stanford.edu