# Who contributed to the Ancient Egyptian math system and how?

By: Henry P. Houghton, 6-1, Social studies class.

First, Euclid, he is often called the father of geometry. He wrote a famous book called" The Elements". Euclid taught Archimedes, an extraordinary Greek mathematician and invented a proof for the Pythagorean Theorem.

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Second, Archimedes, he was another contributor to the Egyptian math system. He proved the law of the lever, and found pi or π. Archimedes was also a student of Euclid. Archimedes was born in Greece but moved to Alexandria, Egypt to study under Euclid.

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Also, Thoth he was the God of writing, math, architects, medicine, and magic. The moon was his symbol. He encouraged the people of Egypt to study math since he was one of their main Gods.

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Last, Egypt and Mesopotamia have the oldest records of math ever. It dates back to the 2nd millennium BC. Pyramids have also shown that the Egyptians had a sense of geometry.

Here is a picture of the pyramids:

The main contributors to the Ancient Egyptian math system were Euclid, Archimedes, Thoth, and also the people from Egypt and Mesopotamia since the oldest records of math come from there. It dates back to the 2nd millennium B.C.

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