AN ANCIENT EGYPTIAN TEXT
The Rhind Mathematical Papyrus is the oldest texbook of its sort in the world. Found in Thebes in the 1850s it dates back in its origins to the age of the great pyramid-builders. The ancient Egyptians were superb arithmeticians, with enough understanding of geometry and trigonometry to make their architectural triumphs possible. Their work was later to inspire the more theoretical achievements of the Greeks. From the papyrus we learn how young pupils weresubjected to a rigorous training in the manipulation of numbers that enabled the fully-fledged scribe to control not only the design and construction of huge monuments but also the more mundane activities of everyday life. Some of their methods are similar to those of today; others have been superseded but nevertheless retain a fascination of their own. Scholars still argue as to how the Egyptians obtained certain of their results: the authors provide a number of new interpretations and set out controversial matters so that the reader can decide for himself.
Autores: Robins, Gay & Shute, Charles
Editorial: Dover (New York)
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