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Howard Eves' sixth edition is still worth considering for a textbook.
Explain the geometric basis of "completing the square," the original method of solving quadratic equations, to your students.
The sum of two numbers is 10 and their product is 40. What are the numbers?

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

This is the title page of the Treatise of Algebra (1685), by John Wallis. This is probably the first attempt at a history of the subject of algebra, presented in the context of a text on the subject. Among the most famous parts of this treatise is Wallis's discussion of the work of Thomas Harriot, especially his contention that Rene Descartes plagiarized Harriot's symbolization procedure in algebra.
A wonderful book about the square root of 2, beginning with the search for the side of a square double a given square.
There is a fish whose body weighs 8oz. Tell me how much the whole fish weighs?
The beginnings of land measurement in the early United States and how this affected American democracy.
A collection of articles about historical and contemporary women in mathematics.
Given a triangular piece of land having two sides 10 yards in length and its base 12 yards, what is the largest square that can be constructed within this piece of land so that one of its sides lies along the base of the triangle?