EXTREMELY LARGE 15-PLACE SEXAGESIMAL NUMBER

MS 2351
MS Short Title EXTREMELY LARGE 15-PLACE SEXAGESIMAL NUMBER
Text EXTREMELY LARGE 15-PLACE SEXAGESIMAL NUMBER 13 22 50 54 59 09 29 58 26 43 17 31 51 06 40, EQUALLING THE 20TH POWER OF 20, WHICH IS 104,857,600,000,000,000,000,000
Description MSon clay, probably Larsa Babylonia, 19th c. BC, 1 tablet, 4,5x11,7x2,8 cm, single column, 2 lines in cuneiform script.
Commentary The number is one of the largest numbers recorded on a cuneiform tablet. This tablet can be interpreted as a continuation of MS 2205, since the 2 texts together exhibit the squares of squares of the 3rd, 4th and 5th power of 20.
Published Jöran Friberg: A remarkable Collection of Babylonian Mathematical Texts. Springer 2007. Sources and Studies in the History of Mathematics and Physical Sciences. Manuscripts in the Schøyen Collection, vol. 6, Cuneiform Texts I. pp. 43-44.
Place of origin Babylonia
Dates ca 19c BC

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