

Seminar on the History of Mathematics
October 1, 2020 18:00, St. Peterburg






Egyptian mathematics and Egyptian fractions
J. Sesiano^{} 
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Abstract:
Egyptian mathematics cannot be compare with contemporary Sumerian results. The problems solved as elementary, while multiplication and division do not exist as such: they are reduced to a succession of doubling and halving, Furthermore, fractions are not found, except for unit fractions, Therefore, a general fraction has to be expressed as a sum of unit fractions, This peculiarity gave rise at that time to tables of decomposition, and in modern times to the general question of expressing any fraction as a sum of unit fractions.

