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

Co-Sponsored by the Classics Department and the Program in History and Philosophy of Science.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Building 110, Room 112

Talk begins at 5:15 PM, with light refreshments served at 5:00 PM.

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.