Annette Imhausen

Annette Imhausen (also known as Annette Warner, born June 12, 1970) is a German historian of mathematics known for her work on Ancient Egyptian mathematics. She is a professor in the Normative Orders Cluster of Excellence at Goethe University Frankfurt.[1]

Education and career

Imhausen studied mathematics, chemistry, and Egyptology at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, passing the Staatsexamen in 1996. She continued to study Egyptology and Assyriology at the Freie Universität Berlin. She completed her doctorate in the history of mathematics at Mainz in 2002 under the joint supervision of David E. Rowe and James Ritter.[2]

She held a fellowship at the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology (Cambridge, MA) before she was received a Junior Research Fellowship at the University of Cambridge from 2003 to 2006. She returned to Mainz as an assistant professor from 2006 to 2008, and became a professor at Frankfurt in 2009.[1]


Imhausen is featured in the BBC TV series The Story of Maths.[3]

Her dissertation, Ägyptische Algorithmen. Eine Untersuchung zu den mittelägyptischen mathematischen Aufgabentexten, was published by Harrassowitz Verlag in 2002 (Ägyptologische Abhandlungen, vol. 65).[1][4] She is also the author of Mathematics in Ancient Egypt: A Contextual History (Princeton University Press, 2016).[5]


  1. "Warner (Imhausen), Annette, Prof. Dr.", Normative Orders, Goethe University Frankfurt, retrieved 2018-11-05
  2. Annette Imhausen at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. Annette Imhausen on IMDb
  4. Reviews of Ägyptische Algorithmen. Eine Untersuchung zu den mittelägyptischen mathematischen Aufgabentexten:
    • Depuydt, Leo (October–December 2003), Journal of the American Oriental Society, 123 (4): 877–880, doi:10.2307/3589985, JSTOR 3589985CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Gundlach, K.-B. (2004), Mathematical Reviews, MR 1979173CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Robson, Eleanor (2004), "Review" (PDF), Aestimatio: Critical Reviews in the History of Science, 1 (1): 73–79
    • Brack-Bernsen, Lis (May 2004), Historia Mathematica, 31 (2): 228–230, doi:10.1016/ maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Quack, Joachim Friedrich (2005), Die Welt des Orients, 35: 202–204, JSTOR 25684007CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  5. Reviews of Mathematics in Ancient Egypt: A Contextual History:
    • Nogueira, Joaquim Eurico Anes Duarte, Mathematical Reviews, MR 3467610CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Jongsma, Calvin (June 2016), "Review", MAA Reviews
    • Van Brummelen, Glen (September 2016), "Review" (PDF), Newsletter of the London Mathematical Society, 461: 40–41
    • Prince, Clive (January 2017), "Counting like an Egyptian", Magonia Review of Books
    • Davis, Kevin (February 2017), The Mathematical Gazette, 101 (550): 163–165, doi:10.1017/mag.2017.31CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Criddle, Alex (May 2017), "Review", Ancient History Encyclopedia
    • Cumo, Christopher (July 2017), Canadian Journal of History, 52 (2): 396–398, doi:10.3138/cjh.ach.52.2.rev35CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Moreno-Castillo, Ricardo (July 2017), "Review", European Mathematical Society Reviews
    • Chrisomalis, Stephen (October 2017), Journal of Near Eastern Studies, 76 (2): 372–375, doi:10.1086/693357CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Rindler, H. (September 2018), Monatshefte für Mathematik, 187 (3): 573–575, doi:10.1007/s00605-018-1220-9CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
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