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Count like an Egyptian : a hands-on introduction to ancient mathematics

By Reimer, David
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2014
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English
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Princeton University Press
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The mathematics of ancient Egypt was fundamentally different from our math today. Contrary to what people might think, it wasn't a primitive forerunner of modern mathematics. In fact, it can't be understood using our current computational methods. Count Like an Egyptian provides a fun, hands-on introduction to the intuitive and often-surprising art of ancient Egyptian math. David Reimer guides you step-by-step<span class='showMoreLessContentElement' style='display: none;'> through addition, subtraction, multiplication, and more. Reimer takes you on a lively and entertaining tour of the ancient Egyptian world, providing rich historical details and amusing anecdotes as he presents a host of mathematical problems drawn from different eras of the Egyptian past. Each of these problems is like a tantalizing puzzle, often with a beautiful and elegant solution. As you solve them, you'll be immersed in many facets of Egyptian life, from hieroglyphs and pyramid building to agriculture, religion, and even bread baking and beer brewing.--From publisher description.</span> <span class='showMoreLessControlElement showMoreLessInline'><span>Read more...</span></span> </div> <br> Abstract: <div class="showMoreLessReadmore"> The mathematics of ancient Egypt was fundamentally different from our math today. Contrary to what people might think, it wasn't a primitive forerunner of modern mathematics. This title provides an<span class='showMoreLessContentElement' style='display: none;'> introduction to the intuitive and often-surprising art of ancient Egyptian math.</span> <span class='showMoreLessControlElement'><span class="control-link">Read more...</span></span>

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