Bruce's Hieratic (Middle Kingdom) Math of Egypt
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MODIFIED: June 29, 2003
Meanwhile back in the jungle..
I still do not remember where I got this!
It is probably from my efforts at the Cairo Museum.
Please look at the next to last entry in column
This entry appears to read:
1/something? = 1/one hundred ninety-something else
1/10 or the 1/10 is part of 1/40-something else (plus)
I have stewed over this one!
I have been unable to generate an equality that
satisfies any of my instincts for correctness. I think I would be happy if two or fewer corrections create an equality.
The following are my observations as to how we can
A. The totals of questions 14-18 in column II suggest
B. This suggests 1/13 as the total for this question.
Just a hunch.
C. The 1/40-something may be 1/42 or 1/49.
D. 1/28 = 1/ (2 X 14), 1/42 = 1/ (3 X 14)
E. If we use 1/42 or 1/49 we eliminate 1/10.
F. The one hundred ninety-something is likely a multiple
of 13 or 14 or 28 or 42 or 49.
G. 42 won't cut it!
H. 196=28 X 7, 196=14 X 14, 196=49 X 4:
This leads to a possible solution with the addition of 1/98. 1/14=1/196+1/98+1/49+1/28 !
I. Guessing is not helping! You may wish to review
my analysis of the big UGLY on the QUEST
Do you want to see what this looked like when I
Click on the big UGLY!
The big UGLY has been identified!
J. Legon recognized it as a portion of the Egyptian Mathematical Leather
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