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Before Nature: Cuneiform Knowledge and the History of Science

Francesca Rochberg


Before the concept of nature took shape across the long history of European and Islamic natural philosophy and science, for an equally long period beginning in the early second millennium B.C.E. a learned cuneiform world in the ancient Near East engaged in activities manifestly kindred with science in some of the ways it observed and understood phenomena, yet did not seek to ground its understanding in physical nature. This book raises and explores questions about observing and interpreting, theorizing and calculating what we think of as natural phenomena in Assyrian and Babylonian scholarship ... More

Keywords: astronomy, scientific imagination, astrology, science, nature, cuneiform, Babylonian, scientific models, divination, knowledge

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226406138
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226406275.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Francesca Rochberg, author
University of California, Berkeley

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