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A collection of articles in the history of mathematics that appeared in journals of the Mathematical Association of America over the past 90 years.
The square of a certain number multiplied by itself and by 200 is 446,976. What is the number?
A fish sees a heron looking at him from across a pool, so he quickly swims towards the south. When he reaches the south side of the pool, he has the unwelcome surprise of meeting the heron.

An excellent and careful study of matrix methods for solving systems of linear equations in first century China.

A wide-ranging site with links to many sources in the history of mathematics.
Photo of Plimpton 322, an old Babylonian Tablet, from the Plimpton Collection at the Columbia University Library. Part of the Mathematical Treasures section of Loci: Convergence.
This collection of readings gives details on the history of mathematics education in the U.S. from 1828 to 1959.
A mouse is at the top of a poplar tree 60 braccia high, and a cat is on the ground at its foot. The mouse decends 1/2 a braccia a day and at night it turns back 1/6 of a braccia.
These posters illustrate aspects of the history of mathematics in countries from Babylonia to Ireland.
A woodcutter starts to fell a tree 4 feet in diameter, and cuts half way through. One face of the cut is horizontal, and the other face is inclined to the horizontal at an angle of 45 degrees. Find the volume of the wood cut out.

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