When the Ancient
Egyptians divided up land as an inheritance, they used what we now call
‘unitary’ fractions -
- to do so.
thought of as being ‘3 lots of one quarter’, but rather as ‘
Someone who owned three quarters of a field simply owned a half of it and a further quarter.
They always used the
largest ‘unitary’ fraction possible before adding on whatever extra bit was
needed. So, no repetitions like
Now, some fractions are
simple to express in this way, and others are more complex:
A nice group of fractions
to describe in Egyptian terms are those with a ‘numerator’ of 2 …
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