The Historical Framework
So far, we have portrayed the mathematical practice of the Old Babylonian scribes and their teachers; inasmuch as this practice is located differently from ours in historical space, the investigation is certainly a contribution to the history of mathematics - but since it has not approached the development of the practice in question (not to speak of the motive forces of this development) it has not yet approached the history of Babylonian mathematics. The model was that of structural-functional anthropology rather than history.
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