Proceedings 11

Culture and Cognition

Essays in Honor of Peter Damerow
Contributions by some of Peter Damerow’s closest companions, colleagues, and friends presented at a workshop held in his honor at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in December 19–20, 2013.

Contributions by some of Peter Damerow’s closest companions, colleagues, and friends presented at a workshop held in his honor at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in December 19–20, 2013.

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Peter Damerow (1939–2011) was a visionary scholar of rare versatility. A key figure in the foundation and early development of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, he contributed to fields as wide-ranging as pedagogy, mathematics, philosophy, psychology, Near Eastern studies, as well as the history of knowledge and science. Through his work and his dynamic personality, he shaped the careers of many scholars worldwide. He was a paragon of the engaged scientist, having great sensitivity for political and social concerns and a perceptiveness that also shaped his scholarship. The present volume attempts to capture the vivacity of his ever-curious mind. It comprises contributions by some of his closest companions, colleagues, and friends, most of which were presented at a workshop held in Peter’s honor at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin in December 19–20, 2013. The contributions are organized in four parts, the first three of which cover some of the areas of Peter’s interests: the origins of writing and mathematics; the history of knowledge and science; and societal concerns and the role of information technologies for the humanities. The last part offers a glimpse at his life and also presents the scope of his scholarship with a bibliography of his writings.

1 Introduction
Jürgen Renn, Matthias Schemmel

Part 1: Early Writing and Abstraction

2 Learning from Kushim About the Origins of Writing and Farming
Jürgen Renn

3 What Is a Number? What Is a Concept? Who Has a Number Concept?
Jens Høyrup

4 Towards the Deciphering of the “Blau Monuments”: Some New Readings and Perspectives
Manfred Krebernik

5 The Chinese Sexagenary Cycle and the Origin of the Chinese Writing System
William G. Boltz

6 ‘Real Abstraction’ and the Origins of Intellectual Abstraction in Ancient Mesopotamia: Ancient Economic History as a Key to the Understanding and Evaluation of Marx’s Labor Theory of Value
Joachim Schaper

7 Meat Distribution in Late Uruk Diacritical Feasts: Second-Order Bookkeeping Techniques and their Institutional Context in Late Fourth Millennium BCE Mesopotamia
J. Cale Johnson

8 Pappus’ Theory in Mesopotamian Science
Markham J. Geller

9 Astronomical Knowledge in The Slavonic Apocalypse of Enoch: Traces of Ancient Scientific Models
Florentina Badalanova Geller

Part 2: History of Knowledge and Material Representations

10 Können Entwicklungspsychologie und Wissenschaftsgeschichte voneinander lernen?
Katja Bödeker

11 Piaget, Einstein, and the Concept of Time
Tilman Sauer

12 Zur historischen Epistemologie des Raumes
Matthias Schemmel

13 Paper Tools
Ursula Klein

14 Drawing Instruments
Wolfgang Lefèvre

15 Der Würfel auf der Spitze: Pieros inszenierter Blick
Diethelm Stoller

16 The Emergence of the Idea of Real Number in the Context of Theoretical Music in the Renaissance
Oscar Abdounur

Part 3: Societal Challenges and Electronic Visions

17 In anderen Zeiten. Die Idee des Comenius-Gartens
Henning Vierck

18 The Dramatic Pace of Acculturation and the Ability of So Many Eipo to Jump From Stone Age to Computer Age in One Generation … Without Having Read Aristotle
Wulf Schiefenhövel

19 A Textbook for Teaching Mathematics in Brazilian Indigenous Schools
Circe Mary Silva da Silva

20 Beyond Archimedes: The History and Future of the Arboreal Software
Mark J. Schiefsky

21 A Computational Research System for the History of Science
Julia Damerow, Erick Peirson, Manfred D. Laubichler

Part 4: A Glimpse of His Life

22 Peter Damerow (1939–2011)
Jürgen Renn

23 Es begann mit den Zahlen
Kristina Vaillant

24 Peter Damerow’s Publications

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ISBN

978-3-945561-35-5

Pages

295

Publication Date

Aug. 8, 2019

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Gerd Graßhoff

Editorial Team

Lindy Divarci, Bendix Düker, Georg Pflanz, Sylvia Szenti, Charlie Nasatir Zaharoff