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Ancient Maya Numbers and the Measure of Time: So Maybe Math IS the Universal Language?

Special Seminar with ICE Fellow Anthony Aveni

Wilder 111
Now that their books have finally been largely deciphered, we know that elites in this high culture, which flourished in Mexico and Central America during the first millennium, were obsessed with numeration and astronomy. Though the fruits of their labor were largely motivated by religious concerns, scientific attitudes, such as the quest for predictability and precision, are evident in the written record. And their way of quantitatively expressing celestial order bears a startling likeness to what we find in the Western tradition coming out of the Classical world.