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Mathematics in Ancient Egypt: A Contextual History

Annette Imhausen


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 Greco-Roman times. The book surveys three thousand years of Egyptian history to present an integrated picture of theoretical mathematics in relation to the daily practices of Egyptian life and social structures. It shows that from the earliest beginnings, pharaonic civilization used numerical techniques to efficiently control and use their material resources and labor. Even during the Old Kingdom, a variet ... More

Keywords: Egyptian mathematics, number notation, Egyptian history, mathematical techniques, zero, unit fractions, arithmetic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780691117133
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691117133.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Annette Imhausen, author
Goethe University Frankfurt