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Mathematics in Ancient EgyptA Contextual History$
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Annette Imhausen

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780691117133

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691117133.001.0001

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Mathematics in Ancient Egypt

Annette Imhausen

Princeton University Press

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 periods, mathematics and the scribes who practiced it expertly continue to play a vital role in the administration. In order to illustrate the type and style of available sources, extracts of Papyrus Harris I and the Wilbour Papyrus have been used, both of which are as interesting as they are complex in terms of their usage of mathematical techniques and concepts. However, apart from these two outstanding papyri, it is the large number of smaller accounts written on papyri and ostraca that clearly documents the ongoing significance of administrative mathematics during the New Kingdom.

Keywords:   New Kingdom, mathematical texts, ancient Egypt, Egyptian mathematics, Harris I, Wilbour Papyrus, ostraca

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