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Count Like An Egyptian — New Book by David Reimer

Egyptian_ReimerThe mathematics of ancient Egypt was fundamentally different from our math today. Contrary to what people might think, it wasn’t a primitive forerunner of modern mathematics. In fact, it can’t be understood using our current computational methods. Count Like an Egyptian provides a fun, hands-on introduction to the intuitive and often-surprising art of ancient Egyptian math. David Reimer guides you step-by-step through addition, subtraction, multiplication, and more. He even shows you how fractions and decimals may have been calculated –they technically didn’t exist in the land of the pharaohs. You’ll be counting like an Egyptian in no time, and along the way you’ll learn firsthand how mathematics is an expression of the culture that uses it, and why there’s more to math than rote memorization and bewildering abstraction.
                Reimer takes you on a lively and entertaining tour of the ancient Egyptian world, providing rich historical details and amusing anecdotes as he presents a host of mathematical problems drawn from different eras of the Egyptian past. Each of these problems is like a tantalizing puzzle, often with a beautiful and elegant solution. As you solve them, you’ll be immersed in many facets of Egyptian life, from hieroglyphs and pyramid building to agriculture, religion, and even bread baking and beer brewing.
                Fully illustrated in color throughout, Count Like an Egyptian also teachers you some Babylonian computation –the precursor to our modern system –and compares ancient Egyptian mathematics to today’s math, letting you decide for yourself which is better.

“Reimer gives us a detailed introduction to the mathematics of the ancient Egyptians –from their arithmetic operations to their truncated pyramids –in a beautifully designed volume that is so much easier to read than a papyrus scroll.”
                -William Dunham, author of The Calculus Gallery: Masterpieces from Newton to Lebesgue

“This book is by far the best presentation of Egyptian math I have read. In the age of overpopularized and sensationalized science reporting, Reimer’s crisp prose and concise exposition earned my unqualified admiration. Count Like an Egyptian is destined to become a classic.”
                -Eli Maor, author of e: The Story of a Number

Count Like an Egyptian is well written and entertaining. This book fills a void in popular science writing on Egyptian mathematics.”
                -Annette Imhausen, section author of The Mathematics of Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, India, and Islam: A Sourceboo

Governor Christie Announces First 50 Woodrow Wilson New Jersey Teaching Fellows

On Tuesday, June 10, 2014, as Governor Chris Christie announced the first 50 Woodrow Wilson New Jersey Teaching Fellows, a group of men and women gathered in Armstrong Hall to begin their journey. Each of these individuals is part of a highly competitive program that recruits both recent graduates and career changers with strong backgrounds…

Congratulations Class of 2014!

On Thursday, May 15, 2014, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics bid a fond farewell to another exceptional group of graduates. After the students processed in before their proud families and friends, the department co-chairs, Dr. Cathy Liebars and Dr. Thomas Hagedorn, gave a brief welcome and then read out the long list of student…

Results from 2014 GSUMC Competition

The 2014 Garden State University Math Competition was held on April 6, 2014, at Rowan University. Mike Muller won best poster for work that he has done with his faculty sponsor, Andrew Clifford. In addition, eleven TCNJ students competed in the team competition. We had so much interest this year that some of our students had…

New Book from Professor Michael Ochs

Professor Michael Ochs has a new book out. Gene Function Analysis, for which he is the editor, is part of the “Methods in Molecular Biology 1101″ series, by Springer Protocols. Gene Function Analysis Second Edition The determination of protein function has been a major goal of molecular biology since the founding of the discipline. However,…

Chris Catone ’96 Gives Talk on “The Calculus of Variations & the Most Important Equation Our Students Never Learn”

On Tuesday, April 1, the department welcomed alumnus Dr. Christopher Catone ’96, who gave a talk on “The Calculus of Variations & the Most Important Equation Our Students Never Learn”  Abstract: The Calculus of Variations is the study of finding extremals of functionals. Usually these functionals take the form J(y(x))=\int_{x_1}^{x_2} f(x,y,y’) dx. This talk will…

Fierce Competition at First-Ever “Are You Smarter Than a TCNJ Student” Contest

On Tuesday, November 12th, Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society, in conjunction with the Mathematics & Statistics Club, hosted its first “Are You Smarter Than a TCNJ Student” competition. Eight members of the Mathematics and Statistics Faculty participated in the event, answering trivia questions on topics ranging from physics to movies and television. Some of the…

Spring 2014 Tutoring

Having trouble with your Mathematics or Statistics Classes? The Mathematics and Statistics Department can help! We have 3 wonderful tutors who are ready to help you figure out even the most complicated problems. For more information and the schedule, please go to the Tutoring page.

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