- Egyptian mathematics remained remarkably uniform throughout time.
- It was built around addition.
- Little theoretical contributions were evident. Only the slightest of abstraction is evident. Yet exact versions of difficult to find formulas were available.
- It was substantially practical. The texts were for students. No ``principles" are evident, neither are there laws, theorems, axioms postulates or demonstrations; the problems of the papyri are examples from which the student would generalize to the actual problem at hand. The papyri were probably not written for self-study. No doubt there was a teacher present to assist the student learning the examples and then giving ``exercises" for the student to solve.
- There seems to be no clear differentiation between the concepts of exactness and approximate.
- Elementary congruencies were used only for mensuration.

Yet, there must have been much more to Egyptian mathematics. We know that Thales, Pythagoras and others visited Egypt to study. If there were only applied arithmetic methods as we have seen in the papyri, the trip would have had little value. But where are the records of achievement? Very likely, the mathematics extant was absorbed into the body of Greek mathematics -- in an age where new and better works completely displaced the old, and in this case the old works written in hieroglypics. Additionally, the Alexandrian library, one place where ancient Egyptian mathematical works may have been preserved, was destroyed by about 400 CE.