Ancient Egyptian gods and mathematics


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Several gods have some connection with mathematics. The most important are Horus, Thoth and Sesheta.

Horus, Sesheta and Thoth

Horus is the ultimate god of mathematics, as his eye represents the basis of all egyptian mathematics as we know it - the unit fractions.



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An Egyptian scribe from the Fourth Dynasty. The word scribe is applied to clerks, copyists and, more importantly to the class of bureaucratic officials on whom the whole Egyptian system was based. They were an elite who passed their profession from father to son. Scribes were very powerful, or so we think now, as the popularity of the scribe statues overtakes popularity of any other statues apart from god forms.

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