The Egyptians used a pictorial number system, with different symbols for every power of 10 to 1 000 000.
Egyptian fractions can only have 1 as the numerator: ¼, 1/16, 1/137 etc. As a result, any fraction with numerator > 1 must be written as a combination of some set of Egyptian fractions:
- 2/4 = ½
- 5/16 = ¼ + 1/16
What if there were only 4 pizzas to be split amongst 8 friends?
5/8 = 1/2 + 1/8
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