Mathematical and Astronomical Thought in Pre-Columbian Mexico: Spanish Language Astronomy Materials Education Center

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Title: Mathematical and Astronomical Thought in Pre-Columbian Mexico

Author: Guillermo Garcés Contreras

Publisher: Instituto Politécnico Nacional

Year: 1995

ISBN: 968-29-7871-8

Suggested reader’s academic level: High School

This book contains 103 pages over five chapters that narrate the history of one This 360-page book is a very complete and simple description of how mathematics and astronomy were conceived in the time of the Mayan and other cultures. No advanced knowledge of mathematics or astronomy is required in order to enjoy the book, which is divided into three parts...

Mathematical and Astronomical Thought in Pre-Columbian Mexico

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This 360-page book is a very complete and simple description of how mathematics and astronomy were conceived in the time of the Mayan and other cultures. No advanced knowledge of mathematics or astronomy is required in order to enjoy the book, which is divided into three parts. In the first part the author explains the numerical systems in civilizations such as the Sumerians, Egyptians, Greek, Chinese, Egean, Hebrews, Romans, Hindus, and the occidental world. The author ends this part talking about the Mesoamerican System, which is fully explained in the second part, along with the importance of the Mayan tradition, the zero, the vigesimal system, operations, sequences, the Mayan mathematical model, and the evolution of later Mesoamerican numerical systems. The third part talks about the maturity of Mesoamerican astronomy, in particular the Mayan, but other cultures in the region are also explained, including of course Aztec astronomy.

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