11 April 2024 Start
12 April 2024 End
Germany Freie Universität Berlin, Fabeckstr. 23-25, Berlin


Astronomical Computation in the Pre-Modern World

April 11-12, 2024

The ERC project ZODIAC – Ancient Astral Science in Transformation at the Institute for the History of Knowledge of the Ancient World, Freie Universität Berlin, is hosting a workshop on 11–12 April 2024:

Astronomical Computation in the Pre-Modern World: Methods – Tables – Accuracy

This workshop brings together specialists of predictive methods in pre-modern astronomy. The focus is on zodiac-based computational methods in ancient Babylonia, Egypt, and the Greco-Roman world (ca. 400 BCE – 400 CE) and pre-modern computational methods in other regions, communities, and periods (ca. 400–1500 CE).

Topics of discussion:
-New approaches and results in the area of table cracking and reconstruction of algorithms
-Interpreting a multiplicity of predictive methods
-Accuracy and efficiency of astronomical computation
-Predictive toolboxes
-Astronomical tables: notations, layout, non-textual features, material features

Please find the program and all other information here:

We kindly ask anyone interested in attending to RSVP by writing to [email protected] and providing your full name, country of residence, and affiliation (if any), and indicate whether you want to attend in person or remotely.