> Tomorrow I'll post Bunch's series, and ask: how did the Egyptian > scribe come up with the series.
No idea, but my software found it by trying combinations of multiples of 1/97 until it found one for which the remaining fraction after subtracting those multiples no longer had a factor of 97 in the denominator. The detailed algorithm involves modular arithmetic and dynamic programming, neither of with were likely known in that form to the scribes...
> Since Bunch suggested that the Egyptian fraction method was awkward > modern mathematics should have little intellectual difficulty with > the problem.
Certainly none of these calculations took much computer time. -- David Eppstein UC Irvine Dept. of Information & Computer Science email@example.com http://www.ics.uci.edu/~eppstein/