# Book:Ahmes/Rhind Papyrus

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## Ahmes:

## Ahmes: *Rhind Papyrus*

Published $\text {c. BCE 1650}$

### Contents

Contains an approximation for $\pi$ (pi) of $\paren {\dfrac {16} 9}^2$.

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## Also known as

The **Rhind papyrus** is also sometimes referred to as the **Ahmes papyrus**, after the scribe Ahmes whose work it was.

Some sources refer to it with its full description: **Rhind mathematical papyrus**.

## Historical Note

The *Rhind Papyrus* was named after Alexander Henry Rhind, a Scottish antiquarian who obtained it in $1858$ when he was in Luxor, Egypt.

It was written in about $\text {1659}$ $\text {BCE}$ by Ahmes, who describes himself as a scribe, copying a work which was written some $2$ centuries earlier.

It arrived at the British Museum in $1863$.

## Sources

- 1986: David Wells:
*Curious and Interesting Numbers*... (previous) ... (next): $3 \cdotp 14159 \, 26535 \, 89793 \, 23846 \, 26433 \, 83279 \, 50288 \, 41972 \ldots$ - 1992: David Wells:
*Curious and Interesting Puzzles*... (previous) ... (next): The World's Oldest Puzzle: $1$ - 1997: David Wells:
*Curious and Interesting Numbers*(2nd ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): $3 \cdotp 14159 \, 26535 \, 89793 \, 23846 \, 26433 \, 83279 \, 50288 \, 41971 \ldots$ - 1998: David Nelson:
*The Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics*(2nd ed.) ... (previous) ... (next):**Rhind papyrus** - 2008: David Nelson:
*The Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics*(4th ed.) ... (previous) ... (next):**Rhind papyrus**