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September 18, 2021 02:30AM
In an ancient Egyptian problem of bread distribution from the Rhind mathematical papyrus (dated between 1794 and 1550 B.C.), a procedure of “false position” is used in the calculation of a series of five rations. The algorithm is only partially illustrated in the problem text, and last century's prevailing interpretations suggested a determination of the series by trial and error.

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"The Difference 5½ in a Problem of Rations from the Rhind Mathematical Papyrus", Historia Mathematica 35 (2008)

Hermione September 18, 2021 02:30AM

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