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Introduction

Annette Imhausen

in Mathematics in Ancient Egypt: A Contextual History

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2016
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January 2018
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9780691117133
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9781400874309
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chapter
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Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691117133.003.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This introductory chapter begins by providing the reader with a background to the historiography of Egyptian mathematics and the problems and possible approaches in the historiography of ancient ... More


Conclusion: Egyptian Mathematics in Historical Perspective

Annette Imhausen

in Mathematics in Ancient Egypt: A Contextual History

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2016
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9780691117133
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9781400874309
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Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691117133.003.0019
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This chapter presents a comparison between the mathematical techniques of Egypt and Mesopotamia to highlight differences, which prove that mathematics is a cultural activity depending on the culture ... More


Mathematics in Ancient Egypt: A Contextual History

Annette Imhausen

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2016
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January 2018
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9780691117133
eISBN:
9781400874309
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book
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Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691117133.001.0001
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This book traces the development of Egyptian mathematics, from the end of the fourth millennium BC—and the earliest hints of writing and number notation—to the end of the pharaonic period in ... More


Notation of Fractions

Annette Imhausen

in Mathematics in Ancient Egypt: A Contextual History

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9781400874309
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chapter
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Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691117133.003.0008
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This chapter discusses the development of the ancient Egyptian concept of fractions. The beginnings of fractions in ancient Egypt consisted of a small group of specific fractions written by special ... More


Further Aspects of Mathematics from New Kingdom Sources

Annette Imhausen

in Mathematics in Ancient Egypt: A Contextual History

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2016
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9780691117133
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9781400874309
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chapter
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Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691117133.003.0016
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This chapter proposes the following scenario: mathematics not only played a huge role within the education and work life of a scribe, but it also held an important role within ancient Egyptian ... More


The Egyptian Number System

Annette Imhausen

in Mathematics in Ancient Egypt: A Contextual History

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2016
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9780691117133
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9781400874309
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Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691117133.003.0003
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This chapter describes the ancient Egyptian number system. The system can be described in modern terminology as a decimal system without positional (place-value) notation. The basis of the number ... More


Mathematical Texts (I): The Mathematical Training of Scribes

Annette Imhausen

in Mathematics in Ancient Egypt: A Contextual History

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2016
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9780691117133
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9781400874309
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Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691117133.003.0010
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This chapter discusses mathematical texts that originated from the Middle Kingdom. While this may well be caused by the vagaries of preservation, it might be that it reflects the actual situation, ... More


Mathematics in Practice and Beyond

Annette Imhausen

in Mathematics in Ancient Egypt: A Contextual History

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2016
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9780691117133
eISBN:
9781400874309
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Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691117133.003.0012
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This chapter describes the role of mathematics in daily life in the Middle Kingdom. The dominant role of mathematics is displayed not only in a small corpus of so-called mathematical texts, but in ... More


Summary

Annette Imhausen

in Mathematics in Ancient Egypt: A Contextual History

Published in print:
2016
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January 2018
ISBN:
9780691117133
eISBN:
9781400874309
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691117133.003.0009
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This chapter summarizes key discussions in chapters 5 to 7. During the Old Kingdom, experts during served their king in his task of ensuring that life on Earth followed the rules of Maat—the ... More


Summary

Annette Imhausen

in Mathematics in Ancient Egypt: A Contextual History

Published in print:
2016
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January 2018
ISBN:
9780691117133
eISBN:
9781400874309
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691117133.003.0017
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This chapter summarizes key discussions in chapters 9 to 15. The New Kingdom offers a variety of sources that provide insights into the uses and roles of mathematics at that time. As in previous ... More


Foundation of Mathematics

Annette Imhausen

in Mathematics in Ancient Egypt: A Contextual History

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9781400874309
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Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691117133.003.0011
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This chapter discusses arithmetic techniques. At the heart of a mathematical culture that develops mathematical techniques are basic arithmetical operations that allow the numerate scribe to ... More


Mathematics in Literature

Annette Imhausen

in Mathematics in Ancient Egypt: A Contextual History

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2016
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9780691117133
eISBN:
9781400874309
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Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691117133.003.0015
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

In addition to the accounts, evidence for the significance of mathematics for scribal culture also comes from some literary texts, most notably, the Late Egyptian Miscellanies. The Miscellanies are a ... More


Summary

Annette Imhausen

in Mathematics in Ancient Egypt: A Contextual History

Published in print:
2016
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January 2018
ISBN:
9780691117133
eISBN:
9781400874309
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691117133.003.0005
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This chapter summarizes key discussions in chapters 1 to 3. Writing was developed in Egypt at the end of the fourth millennium BCE. Therefore, it is not surprising to find representations of numbers ... More


Mathematical Texts (II): Tradition, Transmission, Development

Annette Imhausen

in Mathematics in Ancient Egypt: A Contextual History

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2016
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9780691117133
eISBN:
9781400874309
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Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691117133.003.0018
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

The Greco-Roman Period is the second time in Egyptian history for which a significant corpus of mathematical texts happens to be extant. They are written in the Egyptian script and language of that ... More


The Invention of Writing and Number Notation

Annette Imhausen

in Mathematics in Ancient Egypt: A Contextual History

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2016
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9780691117133
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9781400874309
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chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691117133.003.0002
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This chapter discusses the invention of writing and number notation in ancient Egypt. Writing is believed to have been invented in Egypt at the end of the fourth millennium BCE. Among the predynastic ... More


The Cultural Context of Egyptian Mathematics in the Old Kingdom

Annette Imhausen

in Mathematics in Ancient Egypt: A Contextual History

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2016
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January 2018
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9780691117133
eISBN:
9781400874309
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691117133.003.0006
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This chapter discusses the use of mathematics in the Old Kingdom. A number of sources provide information about the kind of mathematics and its context at that time. At least indirect evidence for ... More


Metrological Systems

Annette Imhausen

in Mathematics in Ancient Egypt: A Contextual History

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2016
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January 2018
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9780691117133
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9781400874309
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Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691117133.003.0007
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

The development of metrology constituted the foundation of the quantitative control of agricultural resources, which then enabled the cultural achievements of ancient Egypt. Note that while some ... More


Uses of Numbers and Their Contexts in Predynastic and Early Dynastic Times

Annette Imhausen

in Mathematics in Ancient Egypt: A Contextual History

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2016
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January 2018
ISBN:
9780691117133
eISBN:
9781400874309
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691117133.003.0004
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This chapter reviews evidence on the use of the ancient Egyptian number system. There have been only three types of signs used in writing a number: a vertical stroke, a horizontal stroke, and a rope. ... More


New Kingdom Mathematical Texts: Ostraca Senmut 153 and Turin 57170

Annette Imhausen

in Mathematics in Ancient Egypt: A Contextual History

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2016
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January 2018
ISBN:
9780691117133
eISBN:
9781400874309
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691117133.003.0013
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This chapter considers mathematical texts from the New Kingdom. Almost no mathematical texts from the New Kingdom are extant. So far, only two fragmentary ostraca have been published: Senmut 153 and ... More


Two Examples of Administrative Texts

Annette Imhausen

in Mathematics in Ancient Egypt: A Contextual History

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2016
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January 2018
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9780691117133
eISBN:
9781400874309
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691117133.003.0014
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This chapter presents two examples that illustrate basic mathematical concepts used during the New Kingdom: Papyrus Harris I and Papyrus Wilbour. Papyrus Harris I is primarily a political document, ... More


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