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Topic: The Story of the Discovery of Incommensurability, Revisited
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Milo Gardner

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The Story of the Discovery of Incommensurability, Revisited
Posted: Nov 6, 1995 10:03 PM
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This David H. Fowler, Mathematics Institute, University of Warwick was
recently read with great interest. As publishedin the Historiography of
Science, pages 221-235, 1994, I agree with his findings. Has anyone else
read this article reached the same conclusion?

If so, I would appreciate a private email.

Better yet, is there anyone out there that disagrees with the data
or the conclusions of David Fowler? If so may be we could discuss
these differences privately, at first, and then summarize our

My point of view would be to stress any Egyptian fractions impact
that may find its way into such a discussion. For example, can the
EMLR and RMP 2/nth table be plausibly be read using p/q as an elementary
element within the domain of rational numbers, as formalized in 2,000 BC
and remained unchallenged until incommensurability and surds burst onto
the geometric and arithmetic scene in the 4th century BC?

Milo Gardner

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