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Topic: One Euro-centric BBC report of the British Museum "owned" RMP
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 Milo Gardner Posts: 1,105 Registered: 12/3/04
One Euro-centric BBC report of the British Museum "owned" RMP
Posted: Feb 20, 2010 12:04 PM

This month the BBC failed to report the Rhind Mathematical Papyrus in a fair updated light. Listen to this 15 minute BBC program:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00qg5mc

and see what I mean.

An outdated 1920s classical Greek position was taken. The RMP was one of six Egyptian texts that were translated only in light of the need to explain the origins of abstract Greek geometry, reported by Plato and others as being taught to Greeks by Egyptians.

Since the RMP and five other geometry texts contained lowly, non-abstract, contents further analysis of the Egyptian mathematical texts was stopped, a sad fact that is changing in the 21st century.

Had the Euro-centric classical Greek geometry metaphor been replaced by the actual abstract mathematics contained in the RMP, number theory, another set of conclusions can be reached. Several 21st century scholars are reporting over 1,000 ancient Egyptian, Greek, Arab and medieval texts, that link a period of 3,700 years of abstract number theory.

The best known medieval text, the Liber Abaci, was written in 1202 AD by Fibonacci. Fibonacci's number theory notation modified Ahmes' RMP rational number notation, with (m/m) being an optimized LCM scaling factor, discussed in RMP 17-24, such that:

1. n/p = n/p(m/m) = mn/mp, (Ahmes' notation)

used divisors of mp that best summed to numerator mn

to,

2. n/p - 1/m = (mn - p)/mp (Fibonacci's notation)

usually setting (mn -p) = 1

However, on page 124 of Siglers' 2002 translation, Fibonacci's 7th distinction, when (mn -p) did not equal unity (one), Fibonacci used Ahmes' divisors of mp to find numerator (mn-p), in the ancient manner.

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