Day 8: Introduction to Egypt.  Hieroglyphic and hieratic numbers

Summary

     Introduction to Egyptian civilization: chronology and topography
     Sources for mathematical knowledge in Egypt - problems.
     Egypt: The Habit of Civilization.
     Hieroglyphic and hieratic numbers.
 

Reading

     C.S. Roero, `Egyptian mathematics', in I. Grattan-Guinness (ed), Companion Encyclopedia of the History and Philosophy of the Mathematical Sciences,  30 - 45.

Handouts

Egyptian Numeration Systems.

Links

    A map of Egypt.
    Another map of Egypt from the Oriental Institute.

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Duncan J. Melville

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