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Mathematics in the Time of the Pharaohs
In the past, scholars have tended to dismiss the mathematics of the ancient Egyptians as "child's play," compared with the achievements of the Greeks and other later civilizations. Nevertheless, in a society that achieved the marvelous accuracy of construction revealed in the Pyramids, extensive systems of irrigation canals, the erection of large granaries, levying and col ...more
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Feb 04, 2015 James F rated it liked it
Very interesting discussion of ancient Egyptian mathematics. The differences from ours were mainly in the methods of arithmetic (since they didn't use place value) and in the fact that they didn't have fractions in the modern sense, with numerators and denominators, but only reciprocals of integers (and of one and a half = two thirds), which they added to get other fractions in our sense. With this to us rather cumbersome system, they were able to solve first and second degree equations. The boo ...more