Chiek Diop said Archimedes "borrowed" alot of mathematics from the Black Egyptians

Oct 2015
239
Chicago
Chiek Diop said Archimedes "borrowed" alot of mathematics from the Black Egyptians

I remember reading it in his "Civilization or Barbarism"


but the thing is Archimedes lived during the time of Hellenic Egypt...so If he studied in Egypt it would be mostly Greek influences


yet he says that he borrowed from the Black Egyptians
 

Lord Oda Nobunaga

Ad Honorem
Jan 2015
5,650
Ontario, Canada
Considering this was during the Hellenistic era he sounds like he has no idea what he is talking about.
 

AlpinLuke

Forum Staff
Oct 2011
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Italy, Lago Maggiore
Making some historical considerations about this hypothesis, I would start saying that there are not many documented records about the life of Archimedes.

He lived in Syracuse [modern Sicily, he died during the Roman sack of the city in 212 BCE]. Diodorus says he spent a certain time in Egypt where he knew Conone, a Greek mathematician. Now there are historians who says that this travel is doubtful. He had contacts with the cultural center of Alexandria for sure [he wrote a lot of letters].

In any case he was in contact for real with Conone and Eratosthenes.
 
Sep 2012
1,181
Tarkington, Texas
There was a thriving Greek colony in Alexandria. The Egyptians did some good work in Math before the Greeks were into it much. Since Math is pretty much Math wherever you go, it is possible that some of the Math he learned originated in Egypt. Syracuse was a large Greek City and could have attracted scholars from all over.

Whether or not it was invented by "Black" Egyptians is open to conjecture. Said Mathematicians could have been a medium Brown! The Hellenistic Greek world also had access to Mesopotamian Mathematics and it is just as possible that Chinese and Indian Math had made it over the Silk Routes.

Pruitt
 
Dec 2015
184
No Man's Land
There was a thriving Greek colony in Alexandria. The Egyptians did some good work in Math before the Greeks were into it much. Since Math is pretty much Math wherever you go, it is possible that some of the Math he learned originated in Egypt. Syracuse was a large Greek City and could have attracted scholars from all over.

Whether or not it was invented by "Black" Egyptians is open to conjecture. Said Mathematicians could have been a medium Brown! The Hellenistic Greek world also had access to Mesopotamian Mathematics and it is just as possible that Chinese and Indian Math had made it over the Silk Routes.

Pruitt
This is a perfect example of White guilt.
 
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