Huxley Lecture 2017

SpeakerProfessor Annette Imhausen, Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

Title:  'Mathematics and "Mathematicians“ in ancient Egypt'


Ancient Egypt has not only left us with spectacular monumental buildings but also with about half a dozen mathematical texts mostly dating from the Middle Kingdom (when royal tombs were still built in the form of pyramids). These texts indicate the techniques that were used to handle numeric data, but they also illustrate the context in which mathematical concepts and techniques were developed.

In my lecture, I shall present examples of Egyptian mathematical texts and describe their characteristic features. Furthermore, I will describe how, in various periods, the 
individuals who practiced mathematics evaluated themselves and their knowledge within the Egyptian culture.
Time & Date:  6pm, Monday 24/04/17

Venue: Renehan Hall, South Campus

Rhind Mathematical Papyrus

Rhind Mathematical Papyrus​