Murtaza Chopra

Murtaza Shopra

Department of Archaeology

Subject: How mathematical astronomy was developed in Assyrya and Babylone

Supervisor: Prof. Wayne Horowitz

Abstract: The astral bodies were of central interest throughout the entire Mesopotamian civilization history. We found tablets of Persian and Seleucid periods with numbers and procedures that allow us an insight into their purely mathematical theory of astronomical phenomena. I try to understand how a mathematical theory of the moon’s behavior was conceived and developed in the first millennium B.C, why they found mathematisation appropriate for better understanding it, and what principals led to this scientific achievement.

Bio: I am an Assyriology PhD candidate, beginning my third year. The topic of my research is trying to understand how mathematical astronomy was developed in Assyrya and Babylone.


Presidential Stipend 2017/18