Day 11: Problems from RMP
Discussion of Egyptian mathematics, using examples from
We will study a number of probems from the Rhind Mathematical
to understand the techniques used in MK mathematics and compare the
approach with that of OB Mesopotamia. There are distinct
in approach and organization, as well as the differences we saw in how
is performed, but there are also some important similarities.
that in all the problems, the goal is to determine some number, just as
is in Old Babylonian mathematics, although this goal may be disguised
the format of the problems. We will also discuss Egyptian
J. Ritter, 'Measure for Measure' in M. Serres (ed.) A
History of Scientific Thought, 44-72.
R.J. Gillings, Mathematics in the Time of the Pharoahs,
Do the exercises from the RMP problems handout.
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