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One thing I wonder about the Rhind and Moscow Papyrus problems is that they seem concerned with what I would call operations research problems - ie how much grain would fit in a container of a cylindrical grain silo, a hemispherical basket etc. In this context, due to the errors in construction of the said containers - ie they are not perfectly circular or hemispherical, there is little practical need for high accuracy.
This appears to contradict the otherwise strong desire for accuracy - "It was decreed that each cubit stick should be returned at each full moon to be compared to the Royal Master. Failure to do so was punishable by death."

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Why place such a high value on accuracy of measurement if your most advanced mathematics is for problems of grain storage / taxation?

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Area and the Rhind Papyrus 954 gjb 09-Jan-19 05:13
Re: Area and the Rhind Papyrus 204 engbren 09-Jan-19 06:03
Re: Area and the Rhind Papyrus 190 gjb 09-Jan-19 06:10
Re: Area and the Rhind Papyrus 166 engbren 09-Jan-19 06:30
Re: Area and the Rhind Papyrus 196 DavidK 09-Jan-19 10:06
Re: Area and the Rhind Papyrus 167 gjb 09-Jan-19 13:32
Re: Area and the Rhind Papyrus 174 Sirfiroth 09-Jan-19 15:04
Re: Area and the Rhind Papyrus 155 DavidK 09-Jan-19 20:02
Re: Area and the Rhind Papyrus 153 Sirfiroth 09-Jan-19 21:06
Re: Area and the Rhind Papyrus 195 engbren 10-Jan-19 02:02
Re: Area and the Rhind Papyrus 171 Sirfiroth 10-Jan-19 04:15
Re: Area and the Rhind Papyrus 195 engbren 10-Jan-19 05:53
Re: Area and the Rhind Papyrus 169 engbren 15-Jan-19 04:50
Re: Area and the Rhind Papyrus 183 Lee McGiffen 10-Jan-19 10:56
Re: Area and the Rhind Papyrus 222 Scott Creighton 10-Jan-19 12:33
Re: Area and the Rhind Papyrus 214 Martin Stower 12-Jan-19 18:23
Re: Area and the Rhind Papyrus 137 Warwick 14-Jan-19 21:04
Re: Area and the Rhind Papyrus 174 DavidK 10-Jan-19 13:57
Re: Area and the Rhind Papyrus 217 Scott Creighton 10-Jan-19 14:16
Re: Area and the Rhind Papyrus 199 DavidK 10-Jan-19 17:10
Re: Area and the Rhind Papyrus 273 Sirfiroth 10-Jan-19 17:58
Re: Area and the Rhind Papyrus 182 engbren 16-Jan-19 10:24
Re: Area and the Rhind Papyrus 190 gjb 18-Jan-19 23:28
Re: Area and the Rhind Papyrus 186 DavidK 19-Jan-19 00:28
Re: Area and the Rhind Papyrus 202 engbren 06-Feb-19 12:56


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