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This is page 167 from the Exercitationes mathematicae (1657) of Frans van Schooten (1615-1660). This book contained a collection of mathematical construction problems, among much else. It was one of the books read by Isaac Newton while he was a student at Cambridge University and helped to introduce him to modern mathematics. On this page we see a construction enabling one to find the distance across a river.
A certain slave fled from Milan to Naples going 1/10 of the whole journey each day. At the beginning of the third day, his master sent a slave after him and this slave went 1/7 of the whole journey each day.
This meeting will take place at the MAA Carriage House in Washington, DC on April 19, 2008.
A study of the nature of architecture in ancient Egypt and its relationship to Egyptian mathematics.
A wooden log is encased in a wall. If we cut part of the wall away to a depth of 1 inch...
In a certain lake, swarming with red geese, the tip of a lotus bud was seen to extend a span [9 inches] above the surface of the water.
Now there are six-headed four legged animals and four-headed two-legged birds. Find the total number of animals and birds.
A ladder has 100 steps. On the first step sits 1 pigeon; on the second, 2; on the third, 3; and so on up to the hundredth. How many pigeons in all?
These are the winning entries from the annual History of Mathematics SIGMAA Student Paper Contest.
A summary of the history of the problem of finding the region of greatest area bounded by a given perimeter. This essay was a winner of the HOM SIGMAA student essay contest in 2006.