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SUMMARY:Reconstructing Ancient Egyptian Mathematics: Contrasting the Aims
and Approaches of Mathematicians\, Egyptologists\, and Others - Dr Chris H
ollings (Oxford)
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DESCRIPTION:Until the late nineteenth century\, little was known about the
mathematics of ancient Egypt. In the 1870s\, however\, the reconstruction
of ancient Egyptian languages and scripts\, coupled with the discovery of
a significant mathematical papyrus\, led to the first detailed understand
ing of the mathematics that had been employed by ancient Egyptian scribes.
The first readers of this mathematics were Egyptologists\, but the subjec
t matter was soon digested and repackaged for readers who had no knowledge
of the ancient languages. The reaction of some mathematical readers to th
is material was one of disappointment – the mathematics that was reveale
d compared unfavourably with that of ancient Greece\, which had long been
regarded as the birthplace of ‘proper’ mathematics. Other readers extr
apolated from the mathematics of ancient Egyptian sources\, systematising
it in ways that had more to do with contemporary mathematical tastes than
with what was actually written in the papyri. In this seminar\, I will con
trast these approaches to ancient Egyptian mathematics with the usually mu
ch more conservative interpretations of Egyptologists\, and I will conside
r the goals that different scholars had in view when studying these materi
als.\nSpeakers:\nDr Chris Hollings (Oxford)
LOCATION:Maison Francaise d’Oxford\, 2-10 Norham Road\, Oxford OX2 6SE
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