Date: Sep 25, 2012 6:22 PM
Author: Milo Gardner
Subject: Why study Egyptian fraction math?
Old Kingdom (OK) hieroglyphic numeration and math systems were base 10. Numerals were mapped many-to-one onto a cursive binary system that empowered a cursive algorithm. The OK binary system rounded-off rational numbers by throwing away 1/64 units in arithmetic, algebra, geometry and weights and measures problems. In the OK, hieroglyphic math solved infinite series spiritual and secular problems that encoded rational numbers by an algorithm. During the Middle Kingdom (MK) infinite series math solved spiritual math problems and Egyptian fraction math solved secular math problems.

Numeration and math details discussed on:

http://planetmath.org/encyclopedia/WhyStudyEgyptianFractionMathematics.html