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The Ohio Section Short Course will consider the use of original sources in teaching mathematics.
The first page of Pathway to Knowledge by Robert Recorde (1510-1558). A version of Euclid's Elements, with commentary by Recorde to make it easier to understand. This page includes Euclid's first three postulates.
A wooden beam is stood vertically against a wall. The length of the beam is 30 units.
Fibonacci gave a practical rule for approximating the area of an equilateral triangle.
Given a door and a measuring rod of unknown dimensions, the rod is used to measure the door.
Thumbnail sketches of statisticians throughout history.
A man went to a draper and bought a length of cloth 35 braccia long to make a suit of clothes.
The cost per hour of running a certain steamboat is proportional to the cube of its velocity in still water. At what speed should it be run to make a trip up stream against a four-mile current most economically?

Our reviewer praises the selection of excerpts, the use of facsimiles rather than transcriptions, and the commentary and English translation in this collection.

The Arithmetic of Boethius (480-524) dates from the early sixth century. This page is from a mansucript (Plimpton MS 165) that dates from approximately 1294, written on vellum.

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