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More about Mesopotamian Mathematics

  • W. S. Anglin
  • J. Lambek
Part of the Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics book series (UTM)

Abstract

In Science Awakening I, B. L. van der Waerden quotes the beginning of ‘AO8862’, a Babylonian clay tablet going back to about the same time as the Rhind Papyrus:

Length, width. I have multiplied the length and the width, thus obtaining the area. Then I added to the area, the excess of the length over the width: 183 was the result. Moreover, I have added the length and the width: 27. Required length, width and area.

Keywords

Great Common Divisor Ancient City Actual Width Prime Side Platform Measuring 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. S. Anglin
    • 1
  • J. Lambek
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and StatisticsMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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