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Topic: Shapes of Hieratic numerals
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Milo Gardner

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Re: Shapes of Hieratic numerals
Posted: Jul 10, 2009 9:19 AM
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Hossam, and M-H-L list members:

With sadness we will soon say good-bye to the M-H-L. I wonder where important math historical threads will reappear on the internet? Anyone know of a working site?

To respond to Hossam's Eye of Horus question, Wikipedia offers discussions and links to several books on the topic, per:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eye_of_Horus

David Silverman's book may be the best to discuss the imagery.

Concerning the reason(s) for 1/64 being absent, let's say it was traditional until the 1/64 unit was healed.

In contrast, Babylonians never 'healed' their cursive numeration system. Babylonian scribes threw away small units, such as writing 1/91 as 1/90, a historical oddity that has been mentioned on this list several times over the years.

I will miss everyone.

Best Regards to all,

Milo Gardner



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