Origine
des soitdisant chiffres arabes
Ces serpents se
trouvent dans la Pyramide à degrés de Djoser (source
cidessous)
Source : "The
Master Book of Mathematical Recreations" by Fred Schuh p.313314:
The puzzle with the largest product
has been borrowed from the investigations of Dr. S. Kirederf,
the wellknown Egyptologist and mathematician at Eugaheht, who
revealed the secret of a stone found in the picturesque step pyramid
at Saqqara, which was built by the famous architect Imhotep by
order of the great king Zoser of the Third Dynasty in the twentyninth
century B.C. The red granite stone, inlaid with white alabaster,
gives a symbolic representation of the step pyramid ; the hieroglyphics
on it mean : "Secret of Zoser, King of Upper and Lower Egypt."
Since it is known that Zoser had a fervent admiration for mathematics,
the inscription and the occurrence of a harp player amid the decoration
representing the harmony of mathematics led Dr. Kiredef to conjecture
that the mysterious symbols in the squares, which represent the
stone blocks, have a mathematical meaning. After years of prolonged
study, it appeared to him in that we have the original forms of
our digital symbols, grouped according to the supposed solution
of the puzzle of the largest product, as discussed above. This
sensational discovery also showed that our decimal system was
already known to the ancient Egyptians, albeit to some adepts
only!
