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A lively history of number systems and number theory from earliest times up to the notion of "infinity".
Heron of Alexandria (ca 200) wrote on many aspects of applied mathematics.
Of a collection of mango fruits, the king took 1/6; the queen 1/5 the remainder, and the three princes took 1/4, 1/3 and 1/2 (of the same remainder); and the youngest child took the remaining 3 mangoes.

Problems from a 15th century French manuscript, including one with negative solutions

Simpson's methods for finding maxima and minima are explored by using examples from his "Doctrine and Application of Fluxions." Many of his techniques could be used in today's classroom.
There is much to see in this museum related to the history of mathematics.
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 collection of 24 mini-posters, each containing a quotation about mathematics.
A tree 100 units high is 200 units distant from a well; from this tree one monkey climbs down and goes to the well...
Three congruent circles of radius 6 inches are mutually tangent to one another. Compute the area enclosed between them.

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