History : May-Jun 2016
POLYMATH’S PYRAMID The Pyramid of Djoser was designed in the third millennium b.c. by Imhotep, a minister, physician, and mathematician, whose calculation of angles and volumes was crucial in the building of this huge structure. PHILIP PLISSON 1950 b.c. The oldest mathematical papyrus, the Reisner I, dates to the time of Sesostris I and features practical mathematical calculations. 1650 b.c. The Rhind Papyrus is the most complete mathematical papyrus discovered, thought to be a copy of an older text. 540 b.c. Greek thinker Pythagoras establishes his famous theorem, which the Egyptians had formulated 1,400 years previously. 225 b.c. Archimedes shows the volume of a sphere is twothirds of a cylinder’s, an idea recorded in the Moscow Papyrus 1,500 years earlier.