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The author uses her poem, 'The Enigmatic Number e,' to show how poetry about the history of mathematics can be used to enrich and enliven mathematics instruction.

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.
Two wine merchants enter Paris, one of them with 64 casks of wine, the other with 20.
In a square box that contains 1000 marbles, how many will it take to reach across the bottom of the box in a straight row?
A wide-ranging site with links to many sources in the history of mathematics.
A fellow said that when he counted his nuts by twos, threes, fours, fives and sixes, there was still one left over; but when he counted them by sevens they came out even. How many did he have?
Collection of historical articles that appeared in Consortium, the newsletter of COMAP.
If two Post-boys, A and B at 59 miles distance from one another, set out in the morning in order to meet...
An English translation of Eratosthenes' Geography, which includes "On the Measurement of the Earth."
The two final volumes of the MAA tercentenary series on Euler present numerous papers on various aspects of Euler's life and work.