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Most recent unit fraction text, 1637 AD?
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Oct 18, 2011 11:08 AM




Most recent unit fraction text, 1637 AD?
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Jan 6, 2010 11:24 AM


Does anyone know of, or have access to, a more recent Egyptian fraction text than the following:
http://pds.lib.harvard.edu/pds/view/13518906 ?
This text converts small integers divided by larger integers into unit fraction series, likely in the manner that Arabs taught Fibonacci, as recorded in the first 124 pages of the Liber Abaci (Sigler, 2002 translation).
I'll post the details of the 1637 unit fraction method when they are fully analyzed.
Happy New Year to everyone,
Milo Gardner



