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Akhmes, Son of the Moon

Akhmes, Son of the Moon

Teykros Michailidis

Polis Publishers, 2013
313 p.
ISBN 978-960-435-255-5, [In Print]
Price € 18,35

Crime, mathematics and ancient Egypt come together in Achmes, Son of the Moon. Akhmes, the author of the first signed mathematical text, which contained 84 unsolved problems, is the reader’s companion on a journey to Memphis and the Nile Delta. There, in the ancient city of Thebes, now known as Luxor, is a papyrus that contains the scientific knowledge of antiquity in its entirety. Tefcros Michaelides, who has written numerous textbooks in mathematics, bases his latest novel on the mathematics that was used in building the Pyramids. Set in the turbulent Second Intermediate Period (16th-17th century BC), a time of brutal policies and military conflict, the story is action-packed, with constant changes of scene. The vivid characters are accessible while retaining their historical credibility. The author of one of Greece’s first mathematical novels, Michaelides also conveys the fascination that mathematics exerts on both initiates and novices. (Ithaca Online,

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