A particular view of Egyptian and Mesopotamian mathematics held not too long ago is crystallized in the writings of Morris Kline, a well-known American historian of mathematics. Dismissing all the evidence to the contrary marshaled by both ancient Greeks and modern scholars, he considers that the Egyptian and Mesopotamian contributions to mathematics were “almost insignificant.” This is followed by his astonishing statement that, compared with what the Greeks achieved, “the mathematics of the Egyptians and Mesopotamians is the scrawling of children just learning to write, as opposed to great literature.” In any case, Kline continues, these civilizations “barely recognized mathematics

EP - 187 ET - STU - Student edition PB - Princeton University Press PY - 2011 SN - 9780691135267 SP - 177 T1 - An Assessment T2 - The Crest of the Peacock T3 - Non-European Roots of Mathematics (Third Edition) UR - www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt7sdsb.9 Y2 - 2020/07/07/ ER -