"unit fractions" = "Egyptian fractions"

Richard Guy rkg at cpsc.ucalgary.ca
Thu Dec 9 17:12:00 CET 2004

We read in UPINT D11 that the name
`Egyptian fractions' comes from the
Hungarian `egy' = `one'  :-)   R.

On Thu, 9 Dec 2004 hv at crypt.org wrote:

> Marc LeBrun <mlb at fxpt.com> wrote:
> :Interesting topic!  BTW, the OEIS calls "unit fractions" by the name
> :"Egyptian fractions".  For indexing value this nomenclature should probably
> :be continued in any new submissions.
> I considered using the term, but the expressions I'm using would not be
> used in Egyptian arithmetic: as far as I know, they didn't add up their
> fractions to results greater than 1, nor use '1/1' as a fraction.
> 'See also Egyptian fractions' might be relevant however.
> Hugo

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