Ahmes (Biography)

Born: about 1680 BC in Egypt

Died: about 1620 BC in Egypt

 

Ahmes is the scribe who wrote the Rhind Papyrus (named after the Scottish Egyptologist Alexander Henry Rhind who went to Thebes for health reasons, became interested in excavating and purchased the papyrus in Egypt in 1858).

 

Ahmes claims not to be the author of the work, being, he claims, only a scribe. He says that the material comes from an earlier work of about 2000 BC.

 

The papyrus is our chief source of information on Egyptian mathematics. The Recto contains division of 2 by the odd numbers 3 to 101 in unit fractions and the numbers 1 to 9 by 10. The Verso has 87 problems on the four operations, solution of equations, progressions, volumes of granaries, the two-thirds rule etc.

 

The Rhind Papyrus, which came to the British Museum in 1863, is sometimes called the ‘Ahmes papyrus’ in honour of Ahmes. Nothing is known of Ahmes other than his own comments in the papyrus.

 

Article by: J J O’Connor and E F Robertson

http://www-history.mcs.st-andrews.ac.uk/Biographies/Ahmes.html

13 Replies to “Ahmes (Biography)”

  1. Ahmes was a one of the most Mathematical man in africa, he wrote the Rhind Papyrus he say that the verso has 87 problems on the four operations, solution of equations , progressions, volumes of granaries, the two-thirdsrule

  2. Ahmes is the dude that had a part in the Rhind Papyrus. The rhind Papyrus is an Egyptian type of math that contains 87 versos & four operations. He wasn’t the author of the rhind papyrus, but claims the scribe. He says that work like that came from earlier from 2000bc.

  3. Ahems is a scribe who wrote the papyrus. it is the only source of info on egyptian math. he claims that he did not write it, he was just the scribe. he was born in 1680 BC and died in 1620 BC

  4. Ahmes is the scribe who wrote the Rhind Papyrus. Ahmes claims he did not do his work, he says his material comes from earlier work of about 2000 bc. The papyrus is their cheif source of information on egyptian mathmatics.

  5. Ahmes wrote the Rhind Papyrus, but he claims not to be the author, only a scribe. Sometimes, the Rhind Papyrus (which came to the British Museum in 1863) is still called the Ahmes Papyrus. Nothing else is known of him other than his comments in the papyrus.

  6. Ahmes, an Egyptian man who was born in 1680 B.C. and died in 1620 B.C., was only the scribe, not author, of the Rhind Papyrus, which is the main source of knowledge on Egyptian mathematics.

  7. Ahmes was an Egyptian man who was born in 1680 B.C. and died in 1620 B.C. he was only the only scribe, he was the author of The Rhind Papyrus. The Rhind Papyrus is the main source of knowledge on Egyptian mathematics.

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