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SUMMARY:The Conceptualization of Mathematics in Pharaonic Egypt - Annette
Imhausen (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)
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DESCRIPTION:Ancient Egypt is credited (along with Mesopotamia) for providi
ng the oldest extant mathematical texts. Since the 19th century\, when the
first edition of the Rhind mathematical papyrus was published\, it has he
ld an important role in the historiography of mathematics. One of the earl
iest researchers in the field of ancient Egyptian sciences was Otto Neugeb
auer who has been a major influence on the early development of the field.
While research in Egyptian mathematics initially focused on those aspects
that could be linked to its possible successors in modern mathematics\, r
esearch has also revealed various characteristics that could not easily be
transferred into a modern equivalent. In addition\, research on other sci
ences\, like medicine and astronomy\, has yielded further evidence that a
limitation on those aspects that have successors in modern sciences will a
t best give an incomplete picture of ancient scholarship. This will be exp
lored in a new long-term project\, which is briefly sketched. In the conte
xt of this project\, Egyptian mathematics is also studied. The talk will p
resent an example from the terminology used in Egyptian mathematical texts
to describe this area of knowledge and explore its epistemological conseq
uences for our studies of ancient Egyptian mathematics and aim to situate
it in its ancient context.\nSpeakers:\nAnnette Imhausen (Goethe-Universit
ät Frankfurt)
LOCATION:Mathematical Institute (Lecture Room L5)\, Woodstock Road OX2 6GG
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URL:https://talks.ox.ac.uk/talks/id/1ce62f28-b786-4c24-8e86-a47a70e07d17/
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