A History of Mathematical Notations, Volume 1

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Cosimo, Inc., 2007 - Mathematics - 472 pages
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Page 11 - BC ;3 it is found mainly on monuments of stone, wood, or metal. Out of the hieroglyphic sprang a more cursive writing known to us as hieratic. In the beginning the hieratic was simply the hieroglyphic in the rounded forms resulting from the rapid manipulation of a reed-pen as contrasted with the angular and precise shapes arising from the use of the chisel.

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