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This meeting of the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Mathematics takes place in Vancouver, BC, in association with the 2008 Canadian Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences
In a certain lake, swarming with red geese, the tip of a lotus bud was seen to extend a span [9 inches] above the surface of the water.
One military horse cannot pull a load of 40 dan; neither can 2 ordinary horses, nor can three inferior horses.
Archimedes' work, The Method, explained, along with many other important ideas of the great Greek geometer.
If a ladder, placed 8 ft. from the base of a building 40 ft. high, just reached the top, how far must it be placed from the base of the building that it may reach a point 10 ft. from the top?
Benjamin Banneker solved some trigonometry problems in his extant notebooks. One of them is discussed here. The authors have also discovered the probable source of Banneker's trigonometry table.
In this fascinating and accessible book, the author devotes one lively, informative page of description and one striking, full-page illustration to each of 250 milestones in mathematics.
Given a pendulum as shown. The height of the pendulum is two units and its horizontal width is 2 units. What is the area of the pendulum?
An official asks a woman why she has so many bowls to wash. The woman explains that she had dinner guests who ate meat, rice, and soup. Judging by the number of bowls, how many guests were there?
Illustration of a counting board in Strasbourg

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